Red, white and blue weekend

By Andrea Camarena

Summer heat. Picnics. Live music. Hotdogs. And, oh yes, fireworks.

Independence Day is here and the various foothill communities are prepared to keep your fourth of July weekend filled with both traditional and creative activities.

For three days, Exeter, Lindsay and Woodlake will offer everything from live alternative rock to paint ball wars.

The holiday fun is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 1, in Lindsay. The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce will slightly modify their friday night Farmers Market in Sweet Briar Plaza to celebrate the nation's birthday. The market will run its usual hours from 5-10 p.m. and will feature live music from several young entertainers including singer Maria Hammon. Parents, don't send your kids to bed too early on Friday night. The Lindsay volunteer firefighters will put on a safe and sane fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. The show will feature ground fireworks only. Other activities will be available for children including a potato sack race.

Woodlake is celebrating the holiday with a July Third Blast on Sunday. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature an array of activities for children, teens and adults. The Woodlake Kiwanis will present live music by The Fabulous Sting Rays along with a sky-lighting fireworks show at Woodlake Union High School's stadium. Cost of admission varies with age. Adult tickets cost $2, children ages 6-12 with a paying adult are $1 and children under 6 are admitted free. Presale tickets for $3 will be available through Kiwanis members, at Woodlake fireworks booths, and Woodlake City Hall. The first 200-ticketed customers will receive a free miniature flag.

Once inside, several children's attractions will be provided free of charge throughout the day including slip and slides, a bounce house, a water maze and a performing clown.

For more daring attendees, a rock climbing wall and live-target paint-balling will be available for $1-$2.

Guests are invited to bring along blankets and chairs but outside food and drinks will not be allowed in the stadium.

Other sponsors of this event include High Sierra Lumber, Micham Inc. and Boas Minnow Farm and Sporting Goods. For more information on the July Third Blast, contact Laura Armstrong at 564-1441.

After enjoying the events offered by Woodlake and Lindsay over the weekend, locals can head over to Exeter on Monday, July 4 to celebrate the red white and blue holiday.

The Exeter Chamber of Commerce will host this year's fourth of july day-long celebration in City Park.

This year's Independence day will be full of music, arts and crafts, games, food booths and, of course, fireworks.

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. when a shot will start off the 10K run and the two-mile prediction walk. A pancake breakfast will also be available at 7 a.m. The annual horse shoe tournament will begin at 8 a.m.

Arts, crafts, games and food booths will open at 9 a.m. and will remain up until 4 p.m. Throughout the day, live music will be heard in the park from performers the Ruth Girls and the Westhoward Band. Both groups are comprised of local musicians. And both groups happen to be family acts.

Brothers Tom and Jake Carignan formed the heart of the Westhoward band back in 2000. The alternative rock band is rounded out by Mike "Brownfingers" Hernandez on bass and Mark Resinger on drums while the Carignan brothers head up the guitar and vocals. The Visalia-based band is influenced by punk and alternative rock bands like Bad Religion and Millenolin. The Ruth Girls are a trio of local sisters, Sarah, Leslie and Elizabeth Ruth who deliver a more pop/rock style of performance. Their own writing style is influenced by classic female performers Heart and Stevi Nicks. The versatile group's City Park performance will precede a gig at the Kings County Fair on July 8 when they will open for Rick Springfield.

The group will perform both original and cover songs for Exeter's celebration and were also awarded the honor of singing the National Anthem at 9:30 a.m. to start the day.

Both the Westhoward band and the Ruth Girls along with Exeter City Dance will perform on the stage at Exeter City Park between 9:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The fireworks fun begins at Dusk in Lions stadium. The Exeter Lions will provide a free fireworks display at the stadium located on Rocky Hill Drive. $1 raffle tickets are available now for the Mr. or Miss Fourth of July drawing. The winner will be crowned Mr. or Miss Fireworks and begin the Fireworks. The winner will also receive a gift certificate for the night's concessions. Winners must be present to win. Buy your ticket at the following Exeter locations: Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Wildflower Cafe, Hometown Emporium or with any Lions club member.

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