7/3/2013 3:14:00 PM Chamber fires up for another fun Fourth
The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce is ready to celebrate July 4 with a bang, as they prepare for their annual celebration in Lions Park. The event will feature a parade, children's games, sports for adults, a comedian, a hypnotist, fireworks, food and more. Chamber president Shawn Logan promises an even bigger and better event than last year. The parade will kick off on Main Street at 10 a.m., with the flag raising and opening ceremonies to kick off immediately afterward at the park. Local boy scouts will raise the flag. Natalie Gomez will sing the national anthem. A community church service will be in the park at 6 p.m. It is organized by Bob Luhn, of the Othello Church of the Nazarene, features music from the Bethel Assembly of God worship band and will have an inspirational message from Ryan Garza. It is completely nondenominational and is open to anyone in the community, Barb Anderson, with the Chamber, said. "It is truly a community church service," she said. There will be a 3-on-3 basketball game going on all day, pitting players from around the region against each other. The top team will win individual trophies and get their name on the annual championship trophy, kept at City Hall. Early registration is due by June 29, but teams will be able to register at the event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Game play will begin at 8 a.m. A Run for America will challenge participants to one-mile, 5K or 10K courses. Registration will be between 7 and 7:30 a.m. at the green gazebo and is $10 a person. The one-mile run begins at 8 a.m. and the others begin at 8:15. For food, in addition to vendors in the park all day selling everything from horchata to snow cones, the Rotary Club annual breakfast will be in the park from 8 to 10 a.m. Get pancakes, eggs, sausage and more. A comic juggler named Alex Zerbe and a hypnotist named Jerry Harris are this year's featured entertainment. Zerbe will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Harris will perform at 4 and 8 p.m. The Rockin' B Cloggers and Dance Time dance studio will also have performances. The Othello Rodeo Association will also host a demolition derby at the rodeo arena. Gates will open at 3 p.m., with time trials beginning at 5:30 p.m. The City of Othello is hosting the fireworks display, which will light up the sky as soon as it gets dark.