The Ottumwa Courier

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June 27, 2013

Fourth of July festivities ready to descend on Ottumwa


One thing is still in limbo: which organization a portion of the funds from a cash vault will go toward. People will have the opportunity to enter a six-digit pin into the cash vault and if it opens, they will win a $50,000 RV with $50,000 cash inside.

Campers will be set up in the park starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday for tours and to sign up for a drawing for a new, $8,000 Rockwood fold-down camper, as well as other prizes.

Then the "gates," so to speak, will open at 5 p.m. for food, drinks and entertainment.

Bands performing at the festival include:

— Mr. Fugly at 6 p.m.

— Bob "BoBo" Davidson at 7:15 or 7:30 p.m.

— No Justice at 9:15 or 9:30 p.m.

The second annual Fourth of July Family Jamboree will pick up the festivities at noon Thursday and continue through Friday.

The event, first organized by Ottumwa Councilman Brian Morgan last year, will continue next week with bluegrass and country music, flea market vendors and a Naval Air Station display and merchandise, all running from noon to 10 p.m.

Morgan previously noted that the idea for the event was inspired by Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker's former "Family Camporee" in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Ottumwa Municipal Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday prior to the fireworks display, which will launch from the west side of Ottumwa Park near Quincy Place Mall, said Parks Director Gene Rathje.

The week will end with the first "Live After Five" of the summer on Friday in Central Park, sponsored by South Ottumwa Savings Bank. The Tom Blew Band will perform from 5-7:30 p.m., and food and beverages will be available.

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

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