Lyle to celebrate the Fourth early

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 26, 2003

More vendors, more entertainment and more classic cars and tractors are coming to this weekend's Lyle Independence Day Celebration.

The Lyle Celebration Committee has put together a schedule of event that includes old favorites -- tractor pulls, street dances and good food -- but included a few new events and vendors.

Storyteller Mike Cotter will be in City Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The tractor and truck pull has added another class to its competition, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. A new kettle corn and ice cream vendor will be new among the food vendors in City Park.

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"Every year, it just gets a little bit bigger," said Diana DeBoer, city clerk and celebration committee member.

The Independence Day Celebration has been held the weekend before the Fourth of July since about 1995, DeBoer said. That year the town celebrated its 125th anniversary and the festival has been held on the previous weekend every since, she said.

And just in time for the celebration, mosquito spraying will take place at 9 tonight, weather permitting, DeBoer said.

The following is the Lyle Independence Day Schedule of Events:


"Music on Wheels," Out of Bounds Bar


(All day special: 5 burgers/3 fries at Copper Kettle)

9 a.m. Men's Softball Tournament

10 a.m. Tractor and Truck Pull

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Car Show

2 p.m. Horse Shoe Tournament, Lyle Legion

4 to 8 p.m. Burgers at the Legion

8 p.m. "TJ Sounds," Street Dance at the Legion


(All day: Antique Tractor and Machinery Show)

9 a.m. Men's Softball Tournament

10 a.m. Church service in the Park

11 a.m. Burgers at the Legion

1 p.m. Grand Parade

2 p.m. Flag presentation and speakers

2 p.m. Kid's Games

3 p.m. Pedal Pull

3 p.m. Water fights at Fire Hall

4 p.m. Talent Show

6 to 7 p.m. Storyteller Mike Cotter

7 to 10 p.m. DJ Kurt Albrecht in the Park

8 p.m. Raffle Drawings

Dusk -- Fireworks show

Thursday, July 3

8 p.m. Street Dance at the Legion, Six Mile Grove