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4th of July just around the corner

June 28, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Club Dysart's Annual 4th of July is next week and organizers like Kayle Neegaard are working to ensure this long-time celebration continues for Dysart and surrounding communities to enjoy.

"Growing up in Dysart, I was always excited for the egg toss because it's not something you see everyone and the parade," Neegaard said. "Whether you're really young or any age, you see lots of people for both those events. It shows just how much this celebration is a family event for people throughout the area."

It was for that reason when Neegaard returned to Dysart with her husband that she decided to become involved in Club Dysart. Using her experience in marketing, event planning and design, she helps with the Facebook page, organizing volunteers and brainstorming.

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"There are some new things this year we are incorporating from last year's ideas," Neegaard said. "One things is we are moving the Fireman's Dance to the open shelter at the park to be closer to the beer tent. Hopefully that will boost beverage sales. We have great vendors like mini doughnuts, cotton candy rides and blow-up attractions for kids and also local non-profits running events fundraising. Not only will you be supporting Dysart by going, but also other causes too."

Club Dysart also is working to maintain the traditional events that draw people from around the area back year after year such as the parades, raffles, cowchip bingo, the Firecracker 5K and vendors.

"Before when I was living in the area growing up, my sister and I volunteered for over ten years with the 5K and we loved it,"Neegaard said. "It's fun to see it kicked off with a firecracker and Mike Schmidt does a great job with it."

None of this would be possible without careful planning starting the day after the fireworks are over. Vendors immediately arrange to return next year and fresh ideas or suggestions are discussed to make sure the best possible 4th of July is celebrated from sunrise to sunset.

"The 4th of July has been a staple in Dysart for many years and I believe it has to be family centered," Neegaard said. "We are always looking for new things fo kids to do. Next year, we are looking into getting a magician to change things up. We are open to new vendors and attraction to keep kids and their families busy."



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