SHERBURNE – On Friday, July 4, the Sherburne Lions Club will host a day of entertainment that is free and open to the public. An annual tradition since 1994, there will be musical performances and various fun activities from 11 a.m. until the fireworks show at dusk in Paddleford Park in Sherburne.
Katie Stewart, a local high school student and contest winner, will begin the entertainment by singing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“We've had her perform for a couple of years,” said Ken VanWagner of the Sherburne Lions Club and explained that people are looking forward to her return appearance.
She will be followed by the Smyrna Citizens' Band from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., followed by well-known Tumbleweed Highway – scheduled from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
Described as a distinctly Mississippi sounding band, the website states, “Playing mostly original songs penned by band leader Nate Gross, Tumbleweed Highway is partial to songs about tarnished love, barroom travails and triumphs, truckin,’ and good drinking weather.”
Following Tumbleweed Highway is Cassidy Lynn, who is a highly acclaimed country artist, and is originally from the area. She recently signed with Given Music Publishing. Last year, she released her self-titled debut EP.
“In 2012, Cassidy won CMT’s Listener’s Choice Award through NSAI’s Song Contest and was featured on BMI's annual Catalog Cast Comp that goes out to every publisher and record label in town. Cassidy is a co-writer on Black River Entertainment Recording Artist Glen Templeton’s debut single 'Ball Cap' which spent two weeks in the number one spot on SiriusXM, The Highway,” states her website.
She will perform from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. and will serve as the lead up to the fireworks show, which will involve a traditional fireworks show and ground shows.
“The fireworks display is becoming pretty popular for the ground displays,” said VanWagner. “You'll have to be there to see.”
Beyond music, little league games are scheduled throughout the day and a girls' softball tournament is in the works as well.
Those who want to bring children are invited to use the public swimming pool, which will be opened all day to the public. VanWagner explained that there will also be a bounce house, giant slide, and other fun activities for children.
The Sherburne Fire Department will have barbecue chicken for sale and the Sherburne Lions Club will have a food truck on the premises.
Said VanWagner of the event, “It makes for a really full day.”