MASON — A parade, games and plenty of food are on tap for the Mason Fourth of July celebration, it was announced at the most recent council meeting.
Emily Henry, council member in charge of recreation, told fellow members that games will be held at the park from 1-5 p.m. Scheduled are a watermelon-eating contest, water balloon toss, and cookie-stacking contest, with more to possibly be added. Monetary prizes will be given out to game winners.
In addition, there will be karaoke, cornhole games and a basketball shootout for teens. Water slides will be available for the children all afternoon.
Prior to the games, a parade will begin at noon. Line-up will start at 11:30 a.m. on Maple Street, with the parade traveling to the park. Prizes will be given to the first-, second- and third-place floats.
Food will be offered for sale by Cornfed’s, as well as the Mason Fire Department, which will have hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Additional food and craft vendors are being sought.
Council members also discussed the sewer problem at the park restrooms. The restrooms had been closed, but labor supervisor Aaron Woolard said the sewer line is now repaired, and restrooms have been reopened. Mayor Donna Dennis said two portable toilets have been ordered for the park in case additional problems arise.
An estimate of $7,500 from Harris Industrial of Marietta, Ohio, was accepted to replace the electric in half of the park to bring it up to code. It will include the restrooms and picnic shelters. The work is expected to be complete by July 4.
In other business, the council:
- Hired Matt Scott as a summer part-time worker, with the mayor abstaining;
- Agreed to pay motel and travel expenses for Sarah Stover and Darlene Roach to attend a free floodplain management class in Alderson, WV;
- Heard a report from the mayor that construction will start on the water project in early July; and,
- Agreed to purchase security cameras for the park.
Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Henry, Becky Pearson and Ron Heath.
In a recent special session, the council voted to raise Aaron Woolard’s pay to a rate of $17 hour to serve as the water and sewer department supervisor.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.