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Fireworks Over the Lake headlines July 2 activities

Contributing writer for The Canyon Weekly

Fireworks will once again light the night skies over Detroit Lake.

The annual Fireworks over the Lake extravaganza is slated for Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, put on by the Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association.

“We are excited to have our events back in person with no restrictions,” said Lyndia Basl, spokesperson for DLRABA. “We had an amazing turn out for the Fishing Derby. It had record entry sales!” 

Basl calls Detroit “a great little town,” finding pleasure in hosting events that bring people to “come and share our town.” She said a large turn out is expected for the weekend that kicks off with a fundraiser auction and the popular hometown barbecue at 3 p.m. Friday. 

“This event was started in 2012 by Sandi Elwood and is growing in popularity like the fishing derby,” she said of the family-friendly event that includes vendors and live music by the Gabriel Cox Band.

Food is provided and drinks will be available for purchase. A suggested donation of $10 per person is asked, with proceeds to benefit DLRABA. 

“Saturday morning’s pancake feed is held by the Idanha Detroit Fire Department and all the proceeds will go to them,” Basl said. “We hope to see a good turn out to support our fire department.” 

The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. at the Detroit City Park. A Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar will open at 10 a.m. Donations are accepted. 

A highlight this year is the Golf Cart Parade starting at the park. 

Line up is at 2 p.m. and the parade starts at 3 p.m. The Disney-themed parade will include golf carts, ATVs, children, animals and bikes. 

The Detroit Family Kickball Tournament will be held at 4 p.m., sponsored by Lodge at Detroit Lake. The entry fee is $10 per registrant, a the first 60 will receive a free T-shirt. The tournament is coed, and players of all ages and skill levels are eligible to play. Athletic shoes are required – no metal cleats. Winning team receives bragging rights. 

Party in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music by Edge. At dusk, the annual Fireworks over the Lake will take place, sponsored by Siegmund Excavation & Construction and Davidson’s Masonry. Fireworks can be viewed from the park. 

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