GRATIS — The Preble County Historical Society invites everyone to its Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, a free community event on Sunday, July 6. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. and ends at approximately 11 p.m. following the annual fireworks display. The celebration will happen at The Preble County Historical Center at 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton-Gratis.
The day will feature:
2 p.m.: Raising of the colors at the flagpole in front of the Saylor-Swartsel House – Presented by Cub Scout Pack 206 and Boy Scout Troop 402 of Miamisburg and Boy Scout Troop 248 of Dayton
2-6 p.m.: The Cincinnati Circus – “Run Away to the Circus” with PCHS – Flying Trapeze, Juggling, Stilt-walking Magicians, Bounce House, Inflatable Yard Games, and more. Sponsored by Power2Give project donors; plus tours of the historic buildings and the nature trails; special art projects by the Preble County Visual Arts Center and Hueston Woods State Park Rangers and animals from the Nature Center; and everything you need to know about education from the Preble County Education Center Sponsored by Sinclair Community College.
2-11 p.m.: Food will be available for purchase at the Carriage House Café provided by Buckeye Jake’s, plus Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream and the Johnston Family’s snow cones, cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn and caramel corn.
3 p.m.: Music by the Eaton Community Band
4 p.m.: Music by the Eaton Community Chorus
6 p.m.: Evening program begins with the singing of the National Anthem by Sophia, Tess, and Grace Murphy followed by the 2014 Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor Inductions at The Amphitheater and dedication of the plaques for the 2013 Inductees in the Hall of Honor Garden.
7:30 p.m.: Music at The Amphitheater by Brittany Isaacs and Thumb Up, sponsored by Running W Studios.
9 p.m.: Music at The Amphitheater by the Worley Boys, sponsored by Running W Studios.
At dark: Fireworks at The Amphitheater, sponsored by Reid Hospital and Heath Care Systems.
In addition to the sponsors listed above, the Society also thanks two additional sponsors: LawnPlus and Dr. David Sikora, DDS and Janet Sikora.