By BLAKE FAITH
The Village of Mt. Zion is gearing up to host their annual Blue Ribbon Night on Sunday, July 3.
Blue Ribbon Night is a free admittance event where the gates will open at 5 p.m at Fletcher Park Mt. Zion. Lady Luck will perform live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fireworks will start at dusk. There will be food trucks including Sacks Food, Mad Dog Concessions, Notorious P.I.G., Knights of Columbus and MTZ Swingsations Lemon Shake ups. The winner of the Independence Day 50/50 raffle will also be announced during the festivities.
This is the second return of Blue Ribbon Night after the start of COVID-19. Village Treasurer Corey McKenzie believes this is what can give a sense of normalcy and get back to it.
“It’s kind of just getting back and giving people a sense of normalcy, just kind of getting back into the normal swing of things,” McKenzie said. “I think people really enjoy coming and doing the firework shows, being in large groups, people with friends and family, people from the community.”
McKenzie said that the planning process starts on March 1 and they get together to get an idea for a couple options for the bands and start reaching out to the food vendors. The setup is the same as last year due to there being signed agreements for three to four years with the firework shooters. The process usually wraps up in May.
McKenzie’s overall message to the community and resers is that this is a community event and hopes for bulbs to be up this year than last year.
“It’s understanding that it’s a community event,” McKenzie said. “That by the citizens coming out there and buying food from the different vendors helps some small local businesses and hopes helps nonprofits putting on the event and selling the food.
And then it’s just a good community event. That benefits more than just the village or the park and rec department; it kind of benefits the whole community.”