West Liberty to hold fireworks on June 25

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty will hold its Fourth of July Celebration June 25 at the Lions’ Club Park which will include fireworks and other activities.

West Liberty Police Chief Shane Oelker said the fireworks will be held at dusk.

In addition to fireworks, the West Liberty Lions’ Club Community Fish Fry will be held in the park at 5 p.m. Oelker said concession stands will be open and a girl’s fast pitch softball tournament will also take place.

Admission to the park is free.

He said this is the fourth year he has been in charge of organizing fireworks and the goal has been to keep growing the event every year.

“This village didn’t have anything like that and I know that we have a lot of folks that maybe can’t get to Urbana, or maybe can’t get to Indian Lake or to Belle Center,” Oelker said. “I feel those holidays are time for family and if they can have family or friends have a cookout in their backyard and we can provide them with something that maybe if they can’t get out they can still enjoy.”

Oelker said there will be road closures on the day of the fireworks and asked drivers to enter and exit from the East state Route 245 entrances. He noted Pickrelltown Road will be closed at the north entrance of the park and several officers will be on scene directing traffic following the event.

Oelker credited the community including local businesses and individuals for being able to raise funds to have fireworks at the same level of quality this year. He said donations and fundraising efforts will take place year round towards fireworks.

Oelker said people can donate year round at The Peoples Savings and Loan Company.

By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.