Fab Fourth activities return to the Hilltop

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By Kate Darnell

The hilltop will once again be the place to celebrate on July 4.

Coordinated by the Cynthiana Rotary Club, this year’s Fabulous Fourth celebrations will begin at 5 p.m. with free games and booths for kids.

“We’ve been doing it to give back to the community,” said Rotary member and Fabulous Fourth coordinator Roger Despard.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, cotton candy, pizza, Avi’s pies, homemade lemonade, snow cones and many more items will be sold at the Rotary food booths on the hill.

“Everything we make, we give back to the community,” Despard said.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Blue Collar Rebels band.

A corn hole contest will take place during the day, with four bikes being given away to the winners.

In addition, raffle tickets for two bikes, valued at $425 a piece (men’s and women’s) will be sold throughout the day and night. For raffle tickets in advance, contact Dinesh Mistry at 234-5460 or visit the Evergreen Motel.

A new event at this year’s celebration, the men and women who serve on local law enforcement and fire departments will be recognized.

“We thought this was an excellent venue to show our support,” said awards chairman Ralph Deitemeyer. “...Civil servants should be given some support and honor for their commitment to our city and county...”

One police officer, sheriff’s deputy, county firefighter and city firefighter will be honored with a plaque and $50 gift certificate and named as that department’s officer of the year.

Those receiving the award were voted for by their peers.

“They were very responsive to us,” Deitemeyer said about the departments. “...We felt like it was deserving and long overdue...”

The Fabulous Fourth event, which usually draws a crowd of over 3,000, Despard said,  will end with a fireworks show.

“It’s inexpensive entertainment,” Despard said, encouraging the public to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the hilltop, behind Southside Elementary.

Alcohol is prohibited at the event.

“If we get rained out on July 4, we’ll do it on July 5,” Despard said.