The Second Annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner, offering family friendly fun and a small town Independence Day atmosphere for all.

While the event is free to attend, the Chamber will raise money from the Chicken BBQ and the Cow Pie BINGO portions of the event. Individual non-profits and churches are providing other activities. Some will be selling items and conducting fundraisers for their individual organizations while some activities will be free of charge.  Some businesses have come forward with activities as a way to give back to the community as well.

Activities to be provided by collaborating community organizations and businesses that are confirmed at this time include a Car Cruise In at Park United Methodist Church, Ripley Rod & Gun Club with tickets to their fall event, Order of the Eastern Star with a children’s and adults raffle basket, Erie Youth Hockey Association with a puck shooting game and prizes, Geoff the Juggler, , KaleidAScope with a raffle and lottery tree, North East Welch FCU with face painting and children’s crafts, North East Athletic Club with tip boards, bubbles and prizes, PA Grape Queen with candles, Wendell August Forge plates and jams and jellies, Project Love with a bounce house and glow sticks, The Real Magic Steve with strolling entertainment and balloon sculptures, The VFW selling American Flags, and The Eastside YMCA.

In addition to these activities, there will be live entertainment throughout the evening on the Heard Park Stage brought to you by Ray Wakley’s Car Care & RV Center.

The event will finish at dusk with a small, backyard fireworks display donated by Phantom Fireworks.

The Chamber is also hosting the Chicken BBQ. Tickets are $10 which includes ½ chicken, macaroni salad (generously donated by Brotherhood of St. Joseph), cookie, roll with butter and a beverage. The Chicken BBQ is being prepared by Boy Scout Troop 82. Immanuel Methodist Church will host a bake sale, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross will have pepperoni balls, and Boy Scout Troop 57 will have hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, and beverages.

The highlight of Olde Fashioned Fourth of July is the Cow Pie BINGO. Three of our bovine friends will be set loose on a grid of 3’x3’ squares. When one of them “places their cow pie” in a square, the person who purchased that square wins the corresponding prize which is $1,000 for first place, $700 for second place and $300 for third place. Cow Pie BINGO squares are $10 each and only 600 squares are available.

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July begins at 5:00 p.m. in Heard Park. While the event itself is free, pre-sale tickets for the Chicken BBQ and Cow Pie BINGO are strongly encouraged (in the event of a sellout) and are available now. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, 44 W. Main St., and at the North East branch of First National Bank inside Sander’s Market.

This event is generously sponsored by Concord Plumbing & Heating, Hometown Veterinary Hospital, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett PC, LECOM – Parkside, North East Dental Arts, North East Welch FCU, Phantom Fireworks, and Ray Wakley’s Car Care & RV Center.

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Tickets for the Chicken BBQ and Cow Pie Bingo are available at the NE Chamber and the First National Bank location in Sander’s Markets.