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Joshua and Jordan Hoover, of Sedalia, are among the first in line to be served at the community Fourth of July Picnic at Centennial Park in July 2018. The event was one of many free events sponsored by the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department in honor of the Fourth of July.

Need something to do this summer? Take a look at a highlight of some of the activities the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department is offering this season. 

This weekend, on June 14, will be the Father’s Day Fishin’ Derby. The event is free and will be at Clover Dell Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top fishermen and there are limited fishing poles available if people do not have their own. People are encouraged to register by calling the parks department or online. 

“We do the biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish, the least fish. Then we provide bait, we provide the worms, the conservation department lets us borrow some of their fishing poles. We had a pretty good turn out last year,” said Recreation Supervisor Savannah Lynde. 

June 22 will be a Pirate Party at Liberty Pool from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for children 2 to 7. The cost is $10 per child. Lynde said guests are encouraged to dress as a pirate and the event will include pirate-themed crafts plus games and snacks.

June 29 at 8:30 p.m. will be the department’s Dive-In Movie at Centennial Pool. The cost is $5 per person and the concession stand will be open. The department will be showing “Wreck It Ralph” June 29 and will show “The Grinch” at its July 12 dive-in. 

“This is one of the only times that people can bring in floaties to the pool so that is kind of a big deal. They absolutely love that,” Lynde said. “We have a company that comes in and they have a giant blow-up screen and they project it on there for us. It gets pretty loud, everyone can hear.”

One of the department’s biggest events this summer will be its Independence Day celebration on July 4. The day will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Sedalia with a parade, which still has room for more float entries. There will then be a community picnic at Centennial Park Shelter 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free hot dogs and chips. 

“The Full Moon Band will be playing a free concert there and we are going to have some bounce houses this year as well,” said Lynde. 

Centennial Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with half price admission. Veterans and military members who show their ID will be given free admission. The celebration will end at the Missouri State Fairgrounds with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

From July 22-26 the department will offer a junior lifeguard course for children ages 11-14 at Liberty Pool. 

“We just kind of do a mini lifeguard test and we teach them really basic CPR and first aid. It's just to get them interested in being a lifeguard in the future,” Recreation Supervisor Clara Scott explained. “It’s a Monday through Friday camp and then on Friday they come to work with a lifeguard and shadow them as they rotate and help them scan and stuff like that.”

The cost for the course is $55 and times will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. Attendees must be strong swimmers and able to swim a minimum of 100 yards and tread water for one minute. 

Another activity that will be offered is cardboard boat races at 9 a.m. July 27 for kids ages 7-12 at Centennial Pool. The cost per boat is $10.

“Kids can build boats out of cardboard and duct tape and then they race across the lanes at Centennial Pool,” Scott said. “They can use their hands or they can bring their oar. It can also be groups of two. They build it and it has to hold their weight on top of the water. If their boat sinks it’s disqualified… We’re going to have a contest for the best design and then the fastest boat. It’s going to be pretty cool.”

Scott and Lynde said one of their most popular activities are the sponsored swim nights where people can swim for free from 6 to 9:00 p.m. The nights are sponsored by various businesses and are hosted at Liberty Pool. Upcoming sponsored pool nights are July 3, July 24 and Aug. 14. 

Many parks activities are weather dependent. The Parks Department offers a variety of other activities like weekly kids trips, swim lessons, adult swim, water aerobics, yoga, and more. For more information, call 660-826-4930 or visit www.facebook.com/sedaliaparks or www.sedaliaparks.com. 

City Reporter

Emily Walton is the city reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering local government and various city departments.

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