News From Armstrong-Ringsted
July 4th has been a time of celebration in Armstrong for many years and this year is no exception. People come from surrounding towns and many who have grown up in Armstrong and have moved away come back to spend the day. They bring their chairs and find a spot in the City Park and enjoy connecting with old friends and class-mates.
This year the celebration starts on Friday night with the VFW serving a fundraiser supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the street dance will start north of Dale’s Rec with Steve Lang and Bob Petrowiak playing from 6 to 8 p.m .and Midnight Galaxy starting at 8:30.
On the 4th the day begins with an Ecumenical Church Service in the City Park shelter house. At 8 a.m. Track and Field Events for pre-school through sixth grade will be held at the North Union High School Track. The yearly event is sponsored by the Armstrong VFW. At the same time the NU football team will be sponsoring a Punt, Pass, and Kick at the High School football field.
A favorite activity for many years, the Soap Box Derby Races start at 10 a.m. at Nursing Home Hill. The kids look forward to making a trip or two down the hill in their special cars, hoping to win a trophy. At 11 a.m. there will be Big Wheel Races for the kiddos on the West side of the City Park.
Be sure to be in town by 1 p.m. to enjoy the parade. The main parade starts at the football field, makes its way down main street, and heads back to the football field. Those sitting along the parade route will enjoy floats, classic cars, farm equipment.and many look forward to seeing the crazy car that has been making an appearance for many years! This year’s Grand Marshalls are Bernie and Sandy Laabs.
Stick around after the parade and enjoy a delicious treat or two that will be served up by various groups throughout the day.visit the mini donut trailer or grab some refreshing lemonade or a walking taco. Be sure to bring your chair and enjoy some of the afternoon festivities in the City Park. The NU Drum Corp will be entertaining the crowd at 2:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. winners of the ABC drawings and parade winners will be announced. Be sure to stop at the ABC table to get your tickets for a chance to win! Prizes include a 50-inch flat screen Samsung TV, a 5 piece patio set, a fire pit, a hand-quilted king sized quilt and four $100 cash prizes. And make sure your kids get to the Petting Zoo that will be on the North side of the Park starting at 11:30 a.m.
Take the short walk over to the Catholic Church parking lot to enjoy the Classic and Custom Car Show and then at 3:30 p.m. take in the fun as fire-fighters from surrounding communities go head to head in a giant water fight just down the street from the Park. And if you want to get out of the sun for a few minutes, check out the Heritage Museum that will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (They will close during the parade.) And be sure to come back for the great fire-works display North of town at 10 p.m.
So come on over to Armstrong on the 4th and enjoy the festivities..stay for an hour, or stay for the day..you won’t be disappointed!