Fireworks, family fun set for Fourth of July in Murphy, Andrews

    Murphy – Enjoy a day filled with kid-friendly activities and a blazing display of fireworks on the Fourth of July in Konehete Park.
   The day will kick off with a fishing derby from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday along the river for ages 12 years and under. Sponsored by the Mountain County Rod & Gun Club, kids will compete for one of three prizes – largest fish, most fish caught and smallest fish.
   Craft booths, food vendors and an array of bouncy houses will remain at Konehete Park for the duration of the event. A horseshoe tournament will take place at 10 a.m. by Pavilion 3.
   Shield your heads from falling objects at noon, when the famous peanut drop falls over Konehete Park. The egg and water balloon toss is set for 1:30 p.m. Folks also can sign up for hot air balloon rides at 6:30 p.m.
   Blue Ridge, Ga.-based alternative country rock band Shadow Ape will play live music from 7:30 p.m. until sunset. As soon as the night creeps in, fireworks will set the sky ablaze with a vibrant spectacle of colors.
   Andrews will hold its own July 4 celebration starting at 10:30 a.m. with the Western North Carolina Wagon Train parade. More than 100 horses and 60 wagons will flood downtown Andrews.
   Each day until Wednesday, July 7, the wagons, people and horses will travel to places like Tatham Gap, Webb Creek and Perkins Falls. After each journey, they will return to their camp site in Andrews for evening activities.
   “We hope to get people to come out for the parade and make an event that everyone will remember,” WNC Wagon Train board member Elizabeth Crisp said.
   The wagon train will host a Battle of the Bands to mark its 60-year anniversary. Local bands will play live for a pot of $750 as well as a chance to air a song over local radio stations.
   The rest of the day’s fun will continue at Heritage Park in Andrews until 5 p.m., including a sack race, cornhole tournament and three-point shootout from 1-5 p.m., various swimming competitions from 2-5 p.m. and a hot dog eating contest with cash prizes at 5 p.m.
   Seen throughout downtown, Andrews’ fireworks display will hold its colorful crescendo at “dark-thirty.” To view a complete list of the town’s July 4 activities, visit the Andrews Journal’s Facebook page.