Three-day Red Oak Celebration set to start July 3

The Red Oak Committee for Continued Growth (ROCCG) has finalized the plans for the 14th Annual Red Oak Independence Day Celebration. The theme for the three days of activities is Saluting our Heroes.Activities will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Red Oak Baseball Field with a community worship service. A patriotic program will follow, which will include a variety of talent. A highlight of the Independence Day Celebration is always the terrapin race. Juanita Noah is sponsoring the seventh annual race. In addition to prizes for the fastest terrapin, prizes are awarded to the best dressed. Many children's activities are planned following the race. The annual firework display, which is organized by the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, will begin at dusk. A concession will be available during the events.On Friday, July 5, the Red Oak Library will host story time for children at 3:30 p.m. The story time includes a story and a craft. The Annual Firecracker Classic co-ed softball tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Red Oak baseball field. A tournament bracket will be available on July 3. At 7 p.m., more children’s activities will start. Added to the pet parade this year will be small dog races. Prizes will be awarded to all children entering the pet parade. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage. There’s No Place Like Home is another event that has been added for children. Concession will be available beginning at 6 p.m.Saturday’s activities will begin with the seventh annual Butterfield Run. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. on the parking lot of the Red Oak Community Center. The Butterfield Run/Walk will begin and finish under the Welcome to Red Oak sign downtown. The run is a USATF sanctioned/USATF certified course, which is a gentle rolling course with traffic control and water stations. Prizes are awarded in all age groups with the fastest male and female receiving plaques. Prize drawings are also held at the conclusion of the run. Following the 5k run, a children’s fun run will be held on Main Street. The Red Oak First Baptist Church will host a free breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Life Center. Craft booths and vendors will be selling a variety of items, such as crochet, baked goods, Scentsy products, Thirty-one bags, sugar scrubs, jewelry, clothing and, new this year, tie-dye. This event will be in the Red Oak School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 10 a.m. children’s activities will begin the school cafeteria and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The annual parade will line up in the gym parking lot with the Parade beginning at 7:30 p.m. Casey Covey will serve as the emcee and a street dance will follow. For more information contact  Jodie White, (918) 448-4937; Dru Kauk, (918) 465-6717; Krissy Martin, (918) 448-2118; or Leslie Robertson, (918) 465-6319.