Annual Fourth of July celebration a hit

The Fourth of July tends to bring out patriotism in most American citizens, and Marshalltonians are no different.

As in years past, the Central Iowa Fairgrounds played host to the town’s Fourth of July celebration Friday.

Activities included a giant slide and train ride for the kids, the dance group Cornflake Cloggers, the Marshalltown Municipal Band, the local rock band Loose Neutral, and fireworks.

“I’m excited to see the fireworks go off,” said Kyler Smith, an enthusiastic young attendee.

Dave’s Fresh Lemonade, Kiwanis, Maria’s Tacos, Dairy Queen, and Zamora, among others were on the grounds to serve hungry and thirsty visitors.

The Cornflake Cloggers kicked off the day’s busy agenda.

It was special for the group and the audience – as it was the first performance the group has performed this summer because Deloris Clayton, their leader and a veteran member, recently recovered from a stroke.

Their next performance is at the Central Iowa Fair, July 12.

Leigh Bauder, co-founder of Splash 4 LIfe, was busy promoting the organization and its mission to passers-by.

The group is working to develop splash pads in the area.

“Splash 4 LIfe was founded two years ago, following the drowning of four young children in our community,” said Leigh Bauder, co-founder of Splash 4 Life. “Splash pads give children the opportunity to play in the water, gain cognitive development and be safe, so there is no chance of drowning.”

Friday was the anniversary of the tragic loss of three of the four children.

Splash 4 Life is planning on building the splash pads in Anson Park.

The group is encouraging the community to learn more about its plans and make donation, by visiting its Facebook page, Splash_4_Life.

The Marshalltown Police Department was on scene with safety in mind for all.

“We are here for safety, and obviously, we want July Fourth to be safe for all” said Sgt. Tricia Thein. “During the (fireworks) finale, we will be here for traffic control and to help get everyone off the grounds, and on their way home safely.”

There were many events throughout central Iowa Friday, but the people of Marshalltown didn’t forget they were at the fairgrounds to celebrate the birth of a nation.

Contact Jacob Parks at 641-753-6611 or jparks@timesrepublican.com