The official schedule has been released for the 65th Annual 4th of July Celebration to be held on Tuesday, July 4 in Laddonia. The annual event, sponsored by the Laddonia Athletic Association, will be geared towards honoring active and veteran military personnel.
This year’s event begins with an Honor Flight breakfast at the Laddonia Christian Church from 7-10 a.m. Veterans eat free. Other meals cost $5.
At 8 a.m., raffle sales start and the POET corn trailer is open.
At the same time, the Co-Ed Softball Tournament begins. It features a $150 entry fee. Those interested in participating should call 573-975-0991.
The Baby Show, Little Mr. and Little Miss Contest, and Look-A-Like Contest get started at 9 a.m. Registrations will be taken from 8-9 a.m. Entry fee is $2.
Baby Show classes are 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, 19-25 months, and 25-36 months. Contestants can wear anything.
Little Mr. and Little Miss contestants should be ages 3-5 and must wear patriotic attire. In the case of rain or extreme heat, the event will move to the First Baptist Church.
The Vendor Show starts at 10 a.m. Those wanting to be a vendor can call 573-721-4001.
The Laddonia Ladybugs are sponsoring the 11 a.m. parade. Line-up starts at 9:30 a.m. and judging starts at 10 a.m.
Bounce Houses open at noon, followed by the 1 p.m. Kids Book Walk.
The annual Horseshoe Pitching Tournament starts at 1 p.m. with three classes and a $10 entry fee. Call 573-721-2367 if interested. The Kids vs. Parents Ball Game is at 2 p.m. and is a free event. Call 573-253-1800 for more information.
Free Kids Games begin at 3 p.m.. They include a hula hoop contest, water balloon toss, bubble gum blowing contest, sack races, turtle race, frog jumping contest, three-legged race, and bike races.
A Cake/Baked Good Walk begins at 4 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. Homemade Ice Cream Social.
The Family Relay Race starts at 5 p.m. and the event is free.
The “Lost Laddonia Boys” with Kaiden Doebelin start their performance at 5 p.m.
An Old Timers Ball Game is at 7 p.m. for those 50+ years old. The event is free and is a co-ed tournament. Call 573-721-2158 for more information.
Raffles winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. and winners need not to be present to win.
Hall of Fame Awards will be given out at 8 p.m. with a Candy Toss by the Laddonia Fire Department following at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., a lantern release will be done for active and veteran military personnel.
The annual fireworks display follows at 9:15 p.m. or at dark.