JAY – The 4th of July weekend promises to once again be explosive in the Jay area with several organizations, clubs and churches hosting events.

As part of the Huckleberry Festive in Jay July 1-5, the Delaware County Historical Society will be hosting it’s first Bi-Annual Quilt Show on Sat., July 5 at the Mariee Wallace Museum located on the south side of the Delaware County Courthouse in Jay which will include 14 categories. The event will start at 9 a.m. and will be over at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Janet Leshko at 918-253-2455 or Jackie Coatney at 918-253-4345.

Free Concert - The Wilkerson family ranch invites the public to a free concert, fireworks display, and bbq featuring Grammy nominated country music artist, David Ball. Donations are encouraged and 100% of the proceeds will be evenly distributed to the Delaware County Fire Departments and Rescue Teams. The event will start at 5 p.m. on Sat., July 5 at the Wilkerson Ranch on Hwy. 10/59 midway between Kansas and Jay. For more information, call 918-326-0272.

Star Spangled Spectacular! – Flint Ridge Resort invites the public to bring a blanket and lawn chair and celebrate America’s Birthday including their annual fireworks finale. Fun to be had this year will include various activities for the kids including some clownin’ around with “Honky” the clown, balloonist extraordinare. Fore your listening and dancing pleasure, “False Hope” band, a country, southern rock group will be entertaining the crowd. Food and beverage vendors will be offering various menu choices including many summer time treats. Enjoy Flint Ridge amenities, such as miniature golf, horse shoes and shuffle board. Participate or plan to watch the watermelon eating contest. Take a shot at the dunk tank. Young kids will enjoy the penny carnival and older kids are sure to enjoy the old fashion picnic games like water balloon toss and sack races, just to name a few. Then at dark, get read and get set to celebrate America with Flint Ridge’s firework finale. So make plans now to include them in your holiday weekend and see how Flint Ridge celebrates the red, white and blue!

On further down in southern Delaware County, a Benefit Gospel Singing will be held 1 mile south on Hwy. 82 (Locust Grove) passed the Cherokee turnpike overpass to the first house on the right. The gospel singing will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., July 5 with groups including “Glory Bound”, “Steadfast”, Nofire family, Belle sisters, Kingfisher family, Johnny’s Kids and many more. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. So bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy some fine gospel singing and fireworks display. For more information on the benefit, please call 918-479-6661.

Across the state into Missouri, the 40th Annual 3rd of July will be celebrated at Blankenship Park in Southwest City, MO. “The Lester’s” southern gospel music, often called the first family of gospel music will be on hand sharing the Word through song for five generations. Their sound is 100% pure Lester. The Lesters take pride in their family musical heritage. The Cornerstone Quartet of Southwest City will also be on the bill. The group was formed out of the First Baptist Church and will be bringing the message of salvation in sing, to all who will receive. An old fashion BBQ chicken dinner will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. for $6 a plate. There’s be a refreshment stand serving hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks. At 6:30 5 tons of watermelon will be furnished by the Cornerstone Bank. Rest rooms available and no fireworks will be allowed in the park the day of the event. So….bring our lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fun in Southwest City, MO>