Idaho City announces plans for Old Fashioned Fourth of July Family Fun Day

After suffering a fire that wiped out a city block June 5, Idaho City is forging ahead with summer plans, welcoming fun-seekers to its Old Fashioned Fourth of July Family Fun Day.

The Idaho City Volunteer Fire Department is working with the city to host a day of events for families July 4, according to Rhonda Jameson, owner of the Simply Fun toy store.

“This is an opportunity to support the community and visit the existing and newly reopening businesses,” Jameson said.

The day will start at noon with a parade and continue with events across the town. People can participate in a triathlon that involves a pie-eating contest, nail driving competition and a hay bale toss. If that doesn't wear them out they can compete in a wheelbarrow race. Families can also watch a shootout and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Jameson said.

Those still hungry after the pie-eating contest can explore local restaurants or pick up hot dogs from vendors. Families can then wrap up the day with a fireworks show over the football field at dusk, according to Jameson.

Anyone who wants to enter into the wheelbarrow race or triathlon can contact Jameson at simplyfun@live.com or call at 208-392-9766. Those who want to enter the parade need to sign up at the Idaho City High School parking lot by 11 a.m. or call Mitch Tain at 208-392-4153, according to Jameson.