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Soapbox Derby, Jonathan New, and Fireworks to Light Up the Fourth

This year’s 4th of July Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 30.

By Eugenia Jones

During this year’s patriotic festivities, the organizers of McCreary County’s annual 4th of July celebration in Stearns will introduce a new event guaranteed to get folks “out on the highway and lookin’ for adventure” as they compete in the first annual Brick Hill 500 Soapbox Derby.
The green flag will drop on the Brick Hill 500 at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 in advance of the 4th of July fireworks display beginning at dark (about 9:30 p.m.) All of the home-built soapbox cars (kits can be purchased on-line) must meet certain rules and specifications. Powered by gravity with no engines or motors, the cars must meet minimum/maximum specifications for length, width, wheel base, axle, etc. Registration fee for the derby is $15.00 per racer per car with additional racers costing $10.00. Racers must be registered by Tuesday June 26. Rules, regulations, specifications, and applications can be picked up at Denise’s Studio of Hair and more information about the Brick Hill Soapbox Derby can be obtained by calling 606-310-0792 or 606-310-9647.
In addition to the Brick Hill Soapbox Derby and annual fireworks display, the celebration (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) includes the regionally popular singer/songwriter/band “Jonathan New and the Lake Cumberland Review” performing live throughout the evening from the outdoor stage of the old Ford dealership building. Uncle Sam will be on hand throughout the celebration as children have fun playing on inflatables and watching a balloon artist. In addition to purchasing crafts from local crafters, shoppers will be able to bid for bargains during the McCreary County Museum’s silent auction. There will also be lots of food from vendors as well as an apple pie bake off and BBQ cook off.
Mark your calendars now and don’t forget to bring your lawn chair to Downtown Stearns on Saturday, June 30 for an evening of music, fun, fireworks, and action during the 2018 Stearns 4th of July Celebration.

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