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Independence Day Festivities Planned For Area Communities

Independence Day activities kick off Thursday evening in Waterville, as the community hosts a barbecue and fireworks.

Marysville has a full day planned Friday, with an old fashioned fourth. A mile and a half run/walk, 5k run/walk/bike, or 14 mile bike ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue River Rail Trail. Cost is $25 per person, $50 per family, advance registration and information at Marysville Health and Fitness. A coed kickball tournament begins at Lakeview Sports Complex at 10 a.m., entries accepted at the Chamber of Commerce. The city will showcase the new Aquatic Center with free swimming Friday afternoon, and fireworks in Marysville begin at 9:45 p.m. at Lakeview.

In Washington, a coed sand volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the City Park, Washington Knights of Columbus will host a youth fishing tournament 9-11 a.m. at the city dam, and free swimming will be offered at the city pool from 1-5 p.m. There will be no fireworks in Washington this year; former organizers were unable to find volunteers and funding.

Centralia will feature a Star Spangled Fourth with activities to include free swimming 1-6 p.m., fun in the park games and bingo beginning at 1 p.m., homemade ice cream, a pedal pull at 4 p.m., bbq pulled pork dinner, a parade begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks and a dance at dark. Faye and Gordon Weyer will serve as parade Grand Marshalls.  Lifelong Centralia residents, the couple has been active in community affairs.

Activities in Bern include veteran recognition; a pancake feed from 8-10 a.m., inflatables and games 6-9 p.m. along with a bbq, a talent show begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks and a band entertaining at dark.

Blue Rapids celebration Friday to include the annual duck race, bbq, and fireworks. Pick your duck at the State Bank of Blue Rapids, Blue Rapids Auto and Hardware, or Gator’s Hometown Foods.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.