BEND AREA — Plans have been finalized for the Fourth of July celebrations in New Haven and Mason, both of which will be Friday.
In New Haven, a parade will be 11 a.m., with line-up starting at 10:30 a.m. at the community center. The parade will end at the old Napa building.
A float contest will be held with the theme of “The Constitution.” The Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 will sponsor the contest prizes of $75 for first place; $50 for second; and $25 for third. Entries will be accepted up until parade time, as long as the theme is followed.
An all-day celebration is planned in Mason, beginning with the noon parade. Line-up will take place on the block of Martin and Maple streets and will proceed to the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park.
A float contest will also be held at the Mason parade, with the same theme, guidelines and prizes as New Haven. Prize money at the Mason parade will be awarded by the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926.
Activities at the park will begin with a flag raising ceremony, followed by karaoke from 1 to 4 p.m. Games will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, with a basketball shootout for teens ages 13-18 years at 1 p.m. A watermelon eating contest will be at 2 p.m., followed by a water balloon toss and sack race. A cornhole tournament will begin at 3 p.m. There will be cash prizes for all game winners.
Children can also take advantage of the inflatables that will be at the park all afternoon. They will include a bounce house, bungee jump and water slip-and-slide. Children may wish to bring dry clothing to change into after playing on the water slide.
The band “Ragtop” will take the stage at 4 p.m., featuring country music, and will close the festivities at 8 p.m.
Vendors will be located at the park throughout the day with food offerings and crafts. Vendors will include Cornfed, with smoked pork and other items; the Wahama High School Band Boosters, with chicken barbecue; the Mason Recreation Foundation; and the United Methodist Church.