The Village of Ontario is the place to be for numerous musical and fun activities over several days celebrating the Fourth of July. New to the celebration this year will be Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m. in the Ontario Community Hall. The event, organized by Tor Eness, will feature two hours of Country Gospel Music including an intermission with light refreshments served. A freewill offering will be taken. Featured artists will include Eric Nofsinger, Stuart Thayer, Diane Ellefson, Carol Clemment, Jim Robertson, Tom Baker, Frank Randall, Leroy Peterson, and J.P. Olson.
J. P. is new to the stage in Ontario. From her website, “JP Olson is known for her pleasurable ear pleasing sound. Pure and honest in her delivery, she is no new comer. Singing around the world from the down under to the New York City Lights, you can hear her solo, standing tall in her boots in Nashville Studios. No stranger to Nashville Music Row, the statuesque and charismatic singer has shared the stage with Charlie Pride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd and the fabulous Ronnie Milsap, Michael Bolton, Etta James, the late Phyllis Hyman as well as others too profuse to mention.”
The hometown Fourth of July Celebration will continue on Monday, July 3, with the Kid’s and Pet Parade starting at the Fire Station Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Talent Show in the Community Hall at 7 p.m. A Rendezvous on the Kickapoo re-enacting the fur trade lifestyle in the 1700’s era will be showcased at the public canoe landing on County Highway P, from Sunday through Tuesday.
A Pancake Breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m. will be served in the Community Hall on Tuesday, July 4th. The 5K Run for Fun will start at 8 a.m. and the Kid’s One Mile Run starts at 9 a.m. with registration on the Community Hall Deck. The American Legion Auxiliary starts serving their famous Chicken BBQ at 11 a.m. The theme for the parade beginning at noon is “Salute to the Red, White and Blue.” Lineup is at 11 a.m. on Lincoln Street. No pre-registration is necessary.
Afternoon activities include horse drawn wagon rides, food, crafts, inflatable, softball and other games for kids. The Brookwood Pep Band will provide music on the Community Hall Deck following the parade and a MiniPullers Garden Tractor Pull will begin at 2 p.m. A Pie Eating Contest will be hosted by the Milk Jug Café at 3:30 p.m. and a Pedal Tractor Pull will start at 5:30 p.m. near the Legion Hall.
The day will close out with musical entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. with Steve Lankford and Mei Ling on the Community Hall Deck, followed by Tor Eness and Friends until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music and fireworks on the Village Square.
On Saturday, July 8, Tor’s Country Music Show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Community Hall Deck with a donation of $5 per person. Bring your own lawn chair.
Once again, the Ontario Community Club has gone all out to plan one of the best small town Independence Day Celebrations in the area. Many volunteers and community organizations come together to make this a family friendly event for all to enjoy. Anyone available to volunteer should contact Ron Campbell at 608-337-4393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.