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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
March 20, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lisa Lewis, Lincoln Jaycees, 499-4918
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OAK LAKE PARK TO HOST 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Annual event to include carnival and Saltdogs game

Mayor Don Wesely announced today that the City’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will move to Oak Lake Park, 1st and Cornhusker Highway, and will feature two new attractions - a carnival and an evening Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game. Holmes Lake, which has been the site of the Celebration since 1968, is not available because of the ongoing Holmes Lake Watershed Management Restoration Project. Lincoln’s official day-long Independence Day celebration will again be co-sponsored by the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Jaycees.

“Independence Day is an opportunity for all Americans to demonstrate and celebrate our freedom and patriotism,” said Mayor Wesely. “The City of Lincoln is excited to once again be teaming up with the Lincoln Jaycees and working with the Lincoln Saltdogs to provide area residents and visitors with a fresh, new way of celebrating our nation’s birthday in our great city. We’re excited about showcasing Oak Lake Park and our beautiful new Haymarket Park on this important day.”

The day begins with a fun run at 7:30 a.m. Oak Lake Park will be the site of the carnival complete with rides and other attractions to be coordinated and produced by Rainbow Amusements. Other activities at the park will include a pancake feed, kids fishing adventure, classic car show, dunking booth, craft show, youth baseball competition and concessions. The Saltdogs will host the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks beginning at 6:05 p.m. The spectacular fireworks display will begin about 10 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase our team and great facilities during our City’s annual 4th of July celebration,” said Charlie Meyer, President of the Lincoln Saltdogs. “Baseball is America’s game, and we’re excited about being part of the Independence Day festivities in Lincoln.”

StarTran will provide shuttle service to and from Oak Lake Park. The schedule and pick-up and drop-off points will be announced in June. Parking information and other details will be announced later this spring.

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