By Laura Colvin
The Melba Olde Tyme Fourth of July celebration – often touted as one of the biggest and best around – is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4.
Melba’s Quick Response Unit will start the morning with a fun run/walk, followed by a parade and military fly-over beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Gene Hays is this year’s parade grand marshal. Hays is the son of Melba Todd Hays, after whom the town of Melba was named. Melba Todd Hays was just four years old in about 1912 when her father, 55-year-old C.C. Todd, laid out a townsite in the sagebrush and named it after his young daughter.
In addition to serving as this year’s parade grand marshal, Gene Hays will be back in town for Melba’s Centennial Celebration Aug. 17-18.
The Fourth of July festivities continue after the parade, with a car show and children’s games scheduled to begin around 11 a.m., and fried chicken dinners served up beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Melba Senior Center.
The antique tractor show gets underway at noon in the city park, with stage entertainment and a horseshoe tournament scheduled for 1 p.m.
The chicken round-up – a favorite for many – takes place on the Melba Elementary lawn at 3 p.m. Craft and food vendors will be open all day, with the big fireworks display beginning at dusk.
Entry in the parade is free, and open to anyone who wants to participate. Line-up begins at 9 a.m., with judging at 9:30. Parade entry forms and other information can be found on line at www.melba4thofjuly.com.
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