Orrville's Fire in the Sky Celebration back for 38th year; starts Wednesday

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The annual Orrville Firefighters Association Fire in the Sky July 4 celebration begins Wednesday with a parade. Fireworks are planned for Sunday night.
The annual Orrville Firefighters Association Fire in the Sky July 4 celebration begins Wednesday with a parade. Fireworks are planned for Sunday night.

The 38th annual Orrville Firefighters Association Fire in the Sky Celebration will be held Wednesday-Sunday.

Parade

The Independence Day Parade kicks off the five-day celebration Wednesday at 7 p.m. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. The parade is rain or shine. The route remains the same as years past, beginning at the corner of Ella and High streets. It will continue east on High Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to Market Street, west on Market Street to Maple Street, north on Maple Street to High Street, east on High Street to Elm Street and north on Elm Street, ending at the upper area of Orr Park.

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Even though noise in many forms is a typical part of any parade, the OFFA recognizes some parade attendants like loud noises while others do not. The OFFA has designated a quiet zone that runs from the intersection of West High and North Vine streets and continues to the intersection of West Market and Depot streets.

Unicycles glide down the street during a previous July 4 parade in Orrville. The Independence Day Parade in Orrville this year kicks off a five-day celebration Wednesday at 7 p.m. Parade line-up begins at 5 p.m.
Unicycles glide down the street during a previous July 4 parade in Orrville. The Independence Day Parade in Orrville this year kicks off a five-day celebration Wednesday at 7 p.m. Parade line-up begins at 5 p.m.

Wienermobile, bike giveaway and softball

On Thursday, stop by the Midway for a photo and check out the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.

Bike Giveaway

Children ages 12 and under can pick up a free raffle tickets each evening of the carnival for the chance to win a new mountain bike. Five boys and five girls mountain bikes, purchased by the OFFA, will be raffled at about 9 p.m. Saturday in the Midway area. With each mountain bike, helmets and storage bags are given, donated by Aultman Orrville Hospital, Quota International of Orrville and Cops ‘n Kids.

Members of the Orrville Police Department will be on hand to register each bicycle in the OPD bicycle registration program. The child, along with a parent or guardian, must be present at the drawing to win.

Five Alarm & Fire in the Sky Softball Tournaments

The 18th annual Fire in the Sky” ASA Girls 14U softball tournament will be held Friday-Sunday. Games will be played at Orr Park and Orrville Christian Church. The Fire in the Sky will also have games played at Dalton and Kidron parks. To view schedules and game scores visit orrvillefireinthesky.com. Prior to the Fireworks display, the championship game will be at 8 p.m. Sunday.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The annual Steve “Smitty” Smith 3-on-3 basketball tournament is set for Saturday, with games beginning at 9 a.m. In the event of bad weather, games will be moved to the multi-purpose facility behind Orrville High School.

The tournament is open to boys, girls, men and women. Divisions will range from third grade through 40-plus. Each division will have pool play with single or double elimination advancement. No more than five players per team are permitted. Court officials and scorekeepers will be assigned to facilitate games.

First and second place awards will be given in each division. Men’s Open first place team will receive $1,000.

Registration for third and fourth grade teams are $50 per team; all other divisions are $100 per team. Registration deadline is Friday. To register or for more information, contact Calvin Tuggle, 330-347-4885 or calvintuggle@yahoo.com.

Grass Volleyball Tournament, live music

Picking up for the third year, the Orrville Firefighters Association will feature a Grass Volleyball Tournament Saturday for teams of four - two guys and two girls. The cost is $120 per team, or $30 per person. Upper and lower divisions will be available. Cash payouts will be paid to the winners of each division, as well a food vouchers for select food trucks set up at the carnival.

It is an adult-only tournament (18 years or older.) Payment is due when signing up. The deadline to register is Thursday. Reach out to Johnny Stoler at 330-317-7606 to sign up. Proceeds will benefit OHuddle.

Live Music

There will be live music, feature Rooster Jones at 8 p.m. Saturday. The music is Southern and Classic Rock. Immediately following the performance.

Fireworks

Fireworks will be held Sunday at about 10:15 p.m. The show is formulated by American Fireworks, an Ohio-based company. This is the 38th year the firefighters have presented the event.

In the event of bad weather, fireworks will be postponed to the next clear night at 10:15 p.m. The decision to postpone the fireworks will be made as early as possible Sunday, based on the weather forecast for the 10 p.m. timeframe. WQKT 104.5 Wooster and the Orrville Firefighters Facebook page will announce a cancellation notice if it is necessary.

With community support, the Orrville Firefighters Association will continue to provide the Orrville Independence Day Parade, carnival, softball tournament and fireworks. If interested in giving a donation, send it to Orrville Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 144, Orrville 44667.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Fire in the Sky Celebration begins Wednesday with parade