It has been a year filled with challenges. A year of uncertainty in the markets, continued fighting in the middle east and government cut-backs leading to a tidal wave of other cuts. Despite the challenges of this year and in the past, America can still be proud of it's heritage and freedoms. Therefore to celebrate that freedom and the hope for a better future, the city of Hancock will be holding their annual July 4th celebration. It will be a weekend full of music, food, games, competition and excitement .
The majority of events will be held on Saturday, July 4th. However there will be some special music events on Friday evening. At Inn Like Flinn's you can relax and enjoy Kim Wolf DJ music from 9-1. Buddies Bar and Grill will also have music featuring 'Fat Daddies' from 9-1.
Events on the Fourth will start out at 7 a.m. with the Firemen Relief Assn. annual pancake breakfast at the Hancock Community Center. They will be serving until 9:30 a.m.
While they are serving up the food the Lions Club members will be rounding up the runners and walkers for the 5K Run/Walk around Page Lake. Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. To register please contact Troy Hausman at 392-5825. Prizes will be awarded in several age categories.
Another traditional event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Little League field near the school. The Little League All-Star game will be played at that time. During this and several of the other events the Hancock Lions Club will have their popcorn wagon open for business. Profits from these sales help defray the cost of the celebration so be sure to stop by for some pop or popcorn during the day.
Around noon an extended food court will be set up at the Water Tower Park. The West Central Cattlemen and Horton 4-H will be grilling again and Buddies will also be having a booth. Thrivent will be having a stand with ice cream treats available. There is also tentative plans to have some inflatible play equipment in the park for the children.
Also in the downtown area the annual Kiddie Parade will be organizing. Children who wish to be part of the Kiddie Parade should meet at the Water Tower Park at 12:30 and the parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. There is no need to register, simply show up at the park to be part of the parade.
The main parade will start at 1:30 p.m. and follow the same route as in past years. The theme is 'America.... Overcoming Challenges for a brighter tomorrow' and entries can be reserved by contacting Dennis Schroeder, 392-5989 or Joel Flaten, 392-5109.
Following the parade, several special events will be taking place. The traditional tractor pull will start at 3 p.m. this year taking place across from Trico.
A baseball game will be held at the ball park featuring the Benson Chiefs vs the Morris Eagles. There are Hancock, Benson and Morris area men on both teams so it should be a fun game. This will start sometime after the parade.
Back at the Community Center there will be Bingo from 3 to 4:30 p.m. sponsored by the Hancock Lions.
During this time Buddies Bar and Grill will be hosting Volleyball, Bean Bag and Horseshoe Tournaments in their back yard. You can sign up at Buddies either before or after the parade.
Inn Like Flinn's will be holding their traditional street dance in front of their business that evening. The dance will be to the music of 'Whiskey Junction'. This will run from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Rounding out the day will be the traditional Hancock Fireworks which will begin at dusk and be shot off at the ball park. Sit and enjoy at ground level at the ball park or from the comfort of your car anywhere surrounding the community.