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Lyle ready to celebrate the Fourth of July

The town of Lyle will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday and Sunday. Dating back to the 1800s, it is one of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in southern Minnesota.

“We get on average about 300 to 400 people on any given day,” said Ron Frank, president of the Lyle Lions Club and member of the Independence Day Celebration planning committee. “The car show is really popular, getting anywhere from 70 to 100 cars entered.”

Proceeds from the car show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year, will go toward cancer research.

This year, Saturday visitors can enjoy events at the park, the tractor pull in the lot of Agri-Steel, and an evening street dance among other events. On Sunday, the celebration continues with a parade, water balloon fight, and train and pony rides for kids.

A shuttle will also be available Saturday to transport people around the town.

“There’s a lot of good family entertainment and it’s a good thing to do on a weekend,” Frank said. “It’s just a lot of nice family activities in a traditional small town setting.”

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday

•Truck and Tractor Pull

•Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Street Dance

Sunday

•Parade

•Fireworks

•Mud Bog

•Music and Games in the Park