WASHINGTON — The annual Fourth of July festivities in Washington will kick off Sunday at Eastside Park and continue throughout the week.
The festival begins with the free youth fishing tourney beginning at noon Sunday. Registration for the event will be from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the bandstand located in the park. Fishing will take place at Baumert Lake. Participants will fish from noon until 2 p.m. Awards will be given at 2:30 p.m. at the bandstand.
Youth will be divided in three age groups; boys and girls ages six through nine, boys and girls ages 10 through 12 and boys and girls ages 13 through 15. Awards will be given in each age group for the most fish caught, largest fish in length, and the smallest fish in length. Each participant will also be eligible to win door prizes. Participants must provide their own fishing pole and bait.
Taking place Sunday at 4 p.m. is the second annual homemade raft race. Those wishing to participate must register their raft and crew by 3 p.m. Sunday. There is no cost to enter. As of press time six rafts had already been entered in the contest with many more expected.
All rafts must be homemade and cannot have a commercially manufactured hull. Each raft has a minimum of two people and a maximum of five people. All participants must be at least 15 years old and each team member must have a life jacket. The competition will consist of one lap around the island at Baumert Lake ending under the walk bridge.
Prize money ranging from $50 to $150 will be awarded to the top three finishers. The fourth place team will receive a $25 Walmart gift card.
A classic car show will also take place Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. From noon to 8 p.m., celebration goers can enjoy the mobile zipline, games and concessions, free inflatables and the miniature train. DJ music will be provided by Flip Overton. The paddle boats will also open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.