Celebrate the Fourth of July Prineville style
Independence Day in Prineville fills the entire day with activities for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
Start the Fourth early with a community breakfast or by competing in one of two athletic contests, and keep busy with multiple attractions through the day and past sunset until the fireworks show begins.
Kiwanis Club of Prineville's Eighth Annual Pancake Breakfast
Early risers can start off the day at the Kiwanis Club of Prineville's Eighth Annual Pancake Breakfast. The menu will include pancakes and sausage with coffee and juice to drink. Cost is $7 for all you can eat! Kids 6 and younger eat for free. The breakfast will take place at the Prineville City Hall Plaza from 7 to 10 a.m.
Proceeds from the breakfast will help fund scholarships to graduating Crook County High School seniors and benefit youth activities, summer school and other groups that support youth and children in Crook County.
The Splash N' Dash
This sporting event, which starts at the Prineville swimming pool, has become a Central Oregon tradition. The competition will include the traditional Splash N' Dash swimming, bicycling, kayaking and running legs; a triathlon, which features the same race course minus the kayaking; a duathlon; and the John Marsh Memorial 5K run.
Other than the 5K run, events can be done by either individuals or teams. Teams of up to four can compete in the Splash N' Dash, teams of up to three can do the triathlon, and duos can compete in the duathlon, which includes biking and running.
The Splash N' Dash is a fundraiser for the Crook County High School track and field team. Registration for the event is available online at splashdash.org/register/. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the race. Cost for the event is $30 per individual or $25 per individual on a team.
On-site registration begins at 7:15 a.m. All races are scheduled in waves beginning at 8 a.m. Start times are determined by when individuals or teams register with start times on a first-come-first-served basis. The John Marsh Memorial 5K is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
For more information, contact Ernie Brooks at 541-350-3405 or Larry Smith at 541-633-3052.
Firecracker 100K Group Road Ride
This supported 100-kilometer group bicycle ride, now in its 19th year, will start at 7:30 a.m. at Good Bike Co., 284 NE Third St. ?The route follows the Crook River Canyon Scenic Bikeway south to the Prineville Reservoir before heading west toward Brasada Ranch, where cyclists will enjoy snacks and beverages.
The route then continues north past Highway 126 before heading back to Prineville and ending at Ochoco Creek Park for the ?Crook County Independence Day Celebration. There will be two additional water/snack stops along the way.
?Same day registration will be available from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on July 4 at Good Bike Co. for $35 per rider.
Independence Day Parade and Ceremony
The Crook County community is invited to join local military veterans in celebrating the Fourth of July at the local Independence Day Parade and Ceremony. Members of the Prineville Band of Brothers are planning the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Northwest Deer and Northwest Fourth streets.
The parade will end around 11:15 a.m. with a ceremony at the Wildland Firefighters Monument at Ochoco Creek Park. The Prineville Band of Brothers Honor Guard will present colors to open the ceremony, and Lori Desjardins will perform the National Anthem. Pastor Jack Collier will recite the history of Independence Day, and homing pigeons will be released. Director of Crook County Veteran Services Shannon Dearth will be the guest speaker.
Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Immediately following the Independence Day Parade and Ceremony, the Crook County Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will greet people at Ochoco Creek Park just east of the war and firefighter memorials.
The event will be hosted for the first time by the Crook County Parks and Recreation District, but past visitors to the annual celebration will encounter a similar setup. The park will again be filled with various craft vendors, and kids and adults alike can enjoy a host of yard games spread throughout the area. Also, a bounce house will be on site as well as snow cone and cotton candy makers, and a Frisbee disc spinner will be available that enables kids to paint designs on the flying discs and take them home.
The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, which has hosted past celebration events, has arranged for DJ Adam Kraus to once again provide music.
Event organizer Eli Tomlinson said that the celebration will include fewer food vendors this year, but Grumpy's Grill will be on hand selling food as will the Prineville Eagles, and Ochoco Brewing Company will set up their beer garden on site. Also, the event will conclude at 2 p.m., earlier than in previous years.
"It will just be a fun and relaxing afternoon," Tomlinson said.
The Bowman Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday.
Meadow Lakes fireworks viewing
One of the better seats in town to view the local fireworks show is at Meadow Lakes Golf Course, right at the base of the grade below Ochoco Viewpoint. Meadow Lakes is inviting people to bring their lawn chairs and blankets — but not fireworks — and grab a seat on the course to watch the show.
Prineville Disposal and Septic Pros will sponsor the nightcap of Independence Day in Prineville. The community fireworks display will begin around 10 p.m. with fireworks ignited from Ochoco Viewpoint. The show will last about 20 to 25 minutes.
The fireworks show costs $12,000 to display. Prineville Disposal contributed $5,500, and Septic Pros provided another $2,000. Crook County, City of Prineville, and Crook County Parks and Recreation District contributed the rest of the funds for the fireworks.