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A variety of programs will be offered throughout the weekend, including special events on July 4th and July 5th in Ducktown as well as at the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park in Delano.

A variety of programs will be offered throughout the weekend, including special events on July 4th and July 5th in Ducktown as well as at the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park in Delano. There is something for everyone!

Ducktown celebrates the 39th annual Miner’s Homecoming this weekend, with a variety of activities on tap throughout the weekend. Fireworks are on tap for Saturday at 9:30 from atop Schoolhouse Hill. Copperhill/McCaysville’s annual fireworks show will be Thursday at 9:30 from atop Tater Hill.

On Friday, Ducktown offers music, food and fun featuring the Barker Brothers at the Burra Hoist House from 4-7 p.m. Gospel music featuring Mandy Dixon, Andy & Tammy Ware, The Hayes Family, and Not Ashmaed begins at 7:30 p.m. on the W.R. Lee Stage.

Saturday morning brings two breakfast opportunities - from 7-10 a.m. all you can eat breakfast is available at the Ducktown Masonic Lodge, and from 8-10 a.m. there is a pancake breakfast at the Hoist House.

The annual Patriotic Walking Parade down Main Street in Ducktown begins at 10:15, followed by an open house at Glenn springs Holdings at 10:30.

The Copper Company Workers runion will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hoist House. 11 a.m. also brings the Great american Rubber Duck Race on Spruce Street.

A soup bean dinner by the Eastern Star wiill be available from noon - 2 p.m. at Ducktown Masonic Lodge. The Miner’s Homecoming Beauty Pageant begins at noon on the W.R. Lee stage.

A high school reunion will be held at CBHS Cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. for all graduates. Doors open at 1 p.m.

An Amateur Talent Show will be held on the W.R. Lee Stage at 4 p.m., followed by bluegrass music featuring Raven Welch and special guest Bailey Mundy. Southern Rock and Country music featuring CC Morgan and special guest Destiny Pittman begins at 8 p.m.

Comcessions will be available during the festivities and the Ducktown Basin Museum offers free admission all day Saturday. For more information, visit www.cityofducktown.com.

Programs slated for July 3rd -6th, 2014 at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park – 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano,  include:

Thursday July 3rd

9:00 p.m.   MOVIE NIGHT! – All work and no play makes for very tired naturalists. Bring the family (and snacks!) for a relaxing night at the park as we watch the movie National Treasure – rated PG. Meet Ranger Heather at the amphitheater for an outdoor movie experience! In case of rain, meet at the park office for an indoor showing of the movie.

Friday July 4th

It’s Independence Day!

5:15 p.m.    FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Join Ranger Heather in front of the bathhouse to celebrate the birth of our country while partaking in a yummy activity that will leave you feeling “proud to be an American!” This program is fun for all ages, and will last around 30 minutes.

6:00 p.m.   LIGHT THE NIGHT – Although we can’t celebrate Independence Day with fireworks here at the park, we can surely light up the night in style! Meet Ranger Heather in front of the bathhouse to create your very own luminary style paper lantern that will help light up the amphitheater for our special program on Saturday, July 5th. This program is great for all ages, and will last around 30 minutes.     

7:00 p.m.   PATRIOTIC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT – The American Flag is proud to wear its red, white, and blue and Mother Nature is too! Meet Ranger Heather in front of the bathhouse to begin a creative scavenger hunt in which the subject of focus will be red, white, and blue objects found in nature! All pictures taken can be showcased as part of a special slideshow on Saturday evening with your permission. Bring your camera or smartphone. This program is fun for all ages, and will last around an hour.

8:15 p.m.   FLAG LOWERING CEREMONY – Did you know that the American Flag is to be treated with the same respect as a living being? Come join Ranger Heather at the Park Office as we honor what our flag represents, and partake in a ceremonial lowering of the flag for the evening. This program is wonderful for all ages, and can be especially appreciated by those aged 10 and up. It will last around 30 minutes.

9:15 p.m.   FIERY MAYFLOWER GOODIES – Come join Ranger Heather at the firepit by the amphitheater for a special Independence Day fireside treat! We will be making banana split boats with patriotic toppings! This program is yummy for all ages, and will last around 45 minutes.

9:45 p.m.   FLAG RETIRING CEREMONY – Just like with everything in life, there is a right and wrong way to do things. Meet Ranger Heather at the firepit by the amphitheater as we officially and properly retire an American flag. This program is intended for all ages, and can be especially appreciated by those added 10 and up. It will last around 20 minutes. 

Saturday July 5th

10:00 a.m.   HIKING BINGO – Meet Ranger Heather in front of the bathhouse for a leisurely stroll while playing a fun game of Bingo with a “natural” twist. Fun for all ages, and a perfect activity for children under 10! This program will last around 25 minutes.

11:00 a.m.   WATERFALL HIKE – Come join Ranger Heather for a 1 mile hike to refreshing Gee Creek Falls – a 14 foot waterfall and swimming hole! This program consists of a hike of moderate difficulty and is intended for ages 5 and up.  We will meet at the bathhouse and there will be a less than a 3 mile car pool to the falls, and a 2 mile round trip hike. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  This program will take around 2 hours.

6:30 p.m. TRASH TO TREASURE - Did you know that we throw out enough trash to fill up 63,000 garbage trucks every day? Our trash can be harmful to our environment. Come join Ranger Heather at the bathhouse and learn how to turn unwanted trash into something that works with nature instead of against it! Please bring an empty aluminum can (soda can). We will be making a portable camp stove out of our unwanted material! This program is intended for all ages, and will last around 45 minutes.  

8:00 p.m.   LIVE SNAKES! - Are you afraid of Mr. No Shoulders?  Do you just love creepy crawly things?  Either way, this is a program for you.  Ranger Heather will deliver an exciting program for all ages about our legless friends. Meet in front of the bathhouse to join in on the fun!  This program will last about 45 minutes.

9:15 p.m.   SPECIAL PHOTO SLIDESHOW – Join Ranger Heather at the amphitheater as we marvel at the beauty of nature and the creativity of our campers! Please bring the paper lanterns that you made in the “LIGHT THE NIGHT” program from Friday, July 4th if applicable. If not, just bring your curiosity and wonder! This program is intended for all ages and will last around 30 minutes.

Sunday July 6th

10:00 a.m.   RIVER CRITTERS – The river is home to all sorts of exciting critters! Join Ranger Heather at the boat ramp as we explore the fascinating world of the creatures that live the “river life.” This program is fun for all ages! Please wear shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. This program will last around 45 minutes.

11:00 a.m.   GONE FISHIN’! – Come join Ranger Heather at the boat ramp to “fish” those blues away while playing a fun game and learning about the creatures that live under the surface of our very own Hiwassee River! This program is designed for those under 10 years old, but is enjoyable for all ages! It will last around 30 minutes.

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