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Carroll Valley plans gala Fourth

(6/13) Carroll Valley Borough will be holding its ninth annual July 4th Celebration in Carroll Commons beginning 9 a.m. July 4 and continuing until its conclusion with the evening’s fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.

The event is organized by the July 4th Celebration Planning Committee, a group of volunteers from within and outside Carroll Valley Borough, according to borough Secretary Gayle Marthers.

Since the establishment of the event nine years ago, attendance has grown to an average of 3,000 individuals from Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

The highlight of this year’s event will be a concert provided by the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, who will be performing in the evening prior to the fireworks display.

The army band that has given performances from Boston to Baghdad will now be adding Carroll Valley Borough to its repertoire for the first time.

A number of sports-related activities are planned, beginning at 9 a.m. with a basketball tournament, and will also include a horseshoes tournament, a golf putting competition, and the first annual a T-ball game.

Registration for the horseshoes tournament will take place between 2 and 2:30 p.m. with the tournament being held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The golf putting competition will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Awards for both will be announced at 7:15 p.m.

A car show will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., with awards being announced at 6:30 p.m.

Other activities for children and adults include free hay rides, provided by William McCleaf, Jr. (McCleaf Farm), slides, obstacle course and a "Freedom Train" barrel-train ride, sponsored by SGI (formally ISP), climbing wall, courtesy of Strawberry Hill, and a zip-line ride. There will be a charge for the zip line and climbing wall, which will cost $5 per person.

Food vendors will be on-hand for the event, and entertainment will be provided from 2 to 9:45 p.m. by T.C. Beats Entertainment. There will also be hourly $100 prize drawings beginning at 3 p.m., with a grand prize drawing for $1,000 to be held at 9 p.m.

Closing ceremonies will begin with 8:05 p.m., with the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus performing from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m.

The fireworks display, launched over Carroll Valley Commons from Liberty Mountain, will commence at 9:45 p.m.

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