Woodside Lake Park to host its annual July 4 celebration

by rachel sluss | Reporter Published:

Woodside Lake Park Campground will host its annual Fourth of July celebration and fi

rework display July 5 for the public. The celebration has taken place each year for the community since Ohio's bicentennial in 2003.

"We began them the year of the bicentennial as a surprise to our campers," Owner Pam Danner said. "We have been doing them every year since. After that first year, we opened it up and invited the community to join us."

The public is invited to spend the day swimming, fishing, picnicking and enjoying other holiday activities offered at the campground. Festivities include hayrides, a turtle race, crafts for children, face painting, penny games and balloon items. Numerous vendors will be present selling foods such as french fries, elephant ears and pizza.

Music will start early in the evening and lead up to American Fireworks' show that will start around 10 p.m. and last about 22 to 24 minutes. Fireworks are set off in the campground's north field, allowing guests room to sit on the beach and other locations in the campground.

"Folks can sit on the beach, and they can sit on the other side of lake which gives them a double look at the fireworks because they reflect in the water," Danner said. "It's absolutely beautiful. There's lots of room to enjoy them."

Danner said there are a couple camp sites left; however, the firework show does not sell out. There is parking to accommodate guests and also people who direct parking in the park.

"We've tried to keep that simple, fun atmosphere for families," Danner said. "They can play corn hole when they're here, basketball, horseshoes, sand volleyball, and we have all the equipment. It's almost like an old fashioned celebration for the Fourth of July as it used to be back in the '50s. We love being the hosts."

Park entrance fees for the day are $7 for adults, $5 for children age 3 to 12 and seniors, and no charge fo r children under age 3. From those coming only for the fireworks, the campground also is asking for a $5 donation per vehicle to help defray the cost of the display. Those guests will get a 50/50 raffle ticket for a cash prize.

Email: rsluss@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

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