A combination of old and new events contributed to a successful 4th of July celebration in Phillips this year. The holiday weekend kicked off with "Pip in the Park," a performance of skits by Northwoods Players, on Friday evening in Elk Lake Park. The Price County Rodeo played to sold-out crowds on Friday and Saturday evenings.
On Saturday morning, there was a strong turnout for the Spirit of America 5k Run/Walk sponsored by the Phillips Lions Club. Saturday brought crowds of all ages to Elk Lake Park for a variety of events. After a two-year hiatus, the Arts and Crafts fair was back in Phillips. Approximately two dozen vendors were on hand with a wide assortment of goods. The park also hosted the Phillips Children's Museum, a mobile escape room, magic shows, and Northwoods Players performances. A 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament utilized the two courts at the park throughout the day. Saturday evening, the Moose Lodge hosted Bingo at the Phillips VFW.
On Sunday morning, 4th of July revelers started the day with a hearty pancake breakfast at South Fork Bar and Grill benefiting the Price County K-9 Unit.
Sunday afternoon brought the return of Phillips's 4th of July parade. Despite the 90-degree temps, there was a good turnout of spectators and parade participants, and plenty of candy throughout the hour-long parade. The award-winning parade entries were:
Best use of theme (Celebrating our Community): Mathison Family Fire Truck
Most Patriotic: Totem Pole Liquors (commercial), Tom Petruzalek Minneapolis Moline Tractor & U8 Baseball (non-commercial)
Most Creative: Warga Auto & Truck Center (commercial), Phillips Youth Basketball (non-commercial)
Best Historical: Northwoods Players
The celebration continued after the parade at Elk Lake Park. At 4:30 pm, Citizen of the Year Doug Moquin and Business of the Year Precour/Forward Insurance (represented by Paul and Steve Precour) were recognized for their many contributions during a ceremony on the Prevail Bank stage. This kicked off an evening of fun at the park, including music on the stage, food, and activities by the Phillips Children's Museum. Families and friends spread out their blankets and set out their chairs to enjoy a community gathering like Phillips had never seen before. Fireworks launched by the Phillips Fire Department lit up the sky to top off the celebration for our nation's birthday.
Events throughout Price County part of holiday festivities
In the week leading up to the 4th of July, events throughout Price County kept local residents and area visitors busy, keeping with this year's theme of "Celebrating our Community."
On Saturday, June 26, the Jump River Historical Museum in Catawba welcomed guests throughout the day, while in Kennan, the 4th of July parade, events and activities at Kennan Park, and Truck/Tractor Pull at Kennan Park provided entertainment for all ages and interests.
Sunday, June 27 was Fifield Day, and the Price County Historical Society opened the Old Town Hall Museum and Greenfield School Museum. The Round Lake Logging Dam and Smith Rapids Covered Bridge were also noted as points of interest.
Monday, June 28 was Ogema/Prentice/Brantwood Day. The Knox Creek Heritage Center was open, and participants were also invited to visit the Prentice History Walk, Timm's Hill, and the Spirit Memorial Park.
Phillips Day was Tuesday, June 29. Activities for the day included tours and an open house at the Wisconsin Concrete Park, the Phillips Farmer's Market, and a sock hop at A&W/Club 13 in the evening.
Wednesday, June 30 was Park Falls day, which included tours of the Park Falls Public Library and St. Croix Rod, the Park Falls Farmer's Market, and the American Legion 52-Card Draw.
The Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce thanks all individuals and organizations who helped to make this year's 4th of July celebrations the best yet.
Our sincerest apologies to anyone who we may have inadvertently missed; please know that we appreciate everyone's contributions and any omissions are the result of human error.
Article submitted by the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce.