Wrangell’s Fourth of July celebration, themed “Hometown Heroes,” will feature new events this year.
Wrangell Chamber of Commerce Director Cyni Waddington said teams of eight can compete in an adult relay race starting July 1.
“The groups will compete against each other doing different things on each day,” Waddington said. “So on the first day, there’s a climb up Mount Dewey and a canoe tug-of-war. And on the second day, there’s running and a dunk tank. On the third day, swimming and kayaking, and then on the Fourth of July it’s the adult big wheel races and a regular tug-of-war.”
The soap box derby is back this year, and a target competition will take place at the shooting range.
Waddington said another new event is a roller derby bout at the boat yard on July 4.
“It’s going to be the Garnet Grit Betties mixed in with some other Southeast teams, and we’re going to have a mashup bout Stars vs. Stripes.”
This year, Rayme’s Bar will have live music on July 2 and July 3. The Haggard Willies will also play at City Dock on July 4 before the fireworks display.
Waddington said preparation is going well, but the Chamber of Commerce is still looking for a parade chairperson.
“We really need a chairperson who will help with all of the judging and giving out prizes and getting the whole order of it all set up,” Waddington said. “And it’s a pretty fun job, but we really need someone to step up.”
The chamber is also looking for a group to put together the royalty float.