Old Cowtown Museum’s Fourth of July celebration is the earliest in the city in more than one way.
While other parties are busy celebrating Fourth of July 2012, the Celebrate America event from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Cowtown, 1875 W. Museum Blvd., will look more like Fourth of July 1872.
The event, one of Cowtown’s most popular, will feature activities for adults and children, all with a vintage flair.
“It’s an opportunity for people to have some nostalgic Fourth of July fun,” marketing director Angela Cato said.
For the price of admission, one has access to wheelbarrow races, tug-of-war games, a pie-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest, an anvil shoot, live music and horse-drawn wagon rides. In addition, the first 250 people in the doors will receive a free miniature American flag.
“It gives you a chance to celebrate Fourth of July a little early and mingle with your fellow Wichitans,” Cato said. “It’s an old community party-type setting.”
If the heat is too much to handle, Cowtown has air-conditioned buildings where you can “kick back and enjoy a sarsaparilla,” Cato said.
Organizers anticipate more than a thousand people will attend Celebrate America. Admission is $7.75 for adults 18 and older, $6 for youth 12 to 17 years old, $5.50 for children 4 to 11, $6.50 for seniors 62 and older, and free for museum members and children younger than 4.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit www.oldcowtown.org.
If you’re looking to plan ahead, check out other area Fourth of July events. Here’s a listing of where and when you can get your patriot on through the weekend:
• Regardless of whether the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team wins against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, fans will be treated to a fireworks show after the game, which beings at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore. General admission tickets start at $5 and are available through Select-A-Seat online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 316-755-7328 or at the gate.
• The Newton Chamber of Commerce will host Main Street Mania, a city-wide sidewalk sale from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday on Main between 5th and 7th streets. The event continues Saturday with a barbeque contest from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.thenewtonchamber.org.
• About 45 miles from Wichita, the Peabody American Legion is hosting a Pre-Fourth Dance from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at its main building, 108 Walnut in Peabody. Guests must be 21 or older, paying a $5 cover fee. Salina rock band Soul Preachers will perform. For more information, visit www.peabodyfourth.com.
• Central Christian Church, 2900 N. Rock Road, will host its 20th annual Sweet Land of Liberty patriotic celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature a full choir, orchestra, soloists, smoke cannons and confetti cannons. Afterward, everyone will receive a free Dilly Bar and miniature flag. For more information, visit www.ccc.org.
Contributing: Hallie Wilson of The Eagle.