An early Fourth celebration; Lyle Independence Day Celebration is this weekend

Published 10:47 am Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lyle car show - Herald file photo

Lyle car show – Herald file photo

The annual Lyle Independence Day Celebration is returning this weekend to continue a tradition dating to the late 1800s.

The celebration starts Friday night at Lyle Liquor with a bean bag tourney and live music.

“I think it’s more of just a time for families to get together and celebrate in a small town,” said Diana Witt, who chairs the festival with Darwin Small.

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The event will offer family-friendly fun, with kids’ games, the pedal pull, horseshoe tournaments and a street dance, Miss Lyle pageants and more. The truck, tractor and semi-pull on Saturday has gotten bigger each year and draws many spectators. School alumni also come back to celebrate the holiday with family and friends.

“It’s just a lot of really good family-fun entertainment and it brings a lot of family reunions together for that weekend,” Witt said.

Lyle Independence Day Celebration Schedule at a glance


•Bean Bag Tourney, Lyle Liquor, 7 p.m.

•Music, 8 p.m., Lyle Liquor


•Truck, tractor and semi pull, South end of town, 10 a.m.,

•Lyle Classic Car Show, City Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

•Street Dance, 8 p.m.


•Church services in the park, 10 a.m.

•Grand parade — Lyle girls basketball team, 12 p.m.

•Stump Jumpers, mud bog races, South end, 1 p.m.

•Kids games in the park, 1 p.m.

•Fireworks, dusk