Visitors are invited to Party at the Park at Long Branch State Park on July 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. prior to the Annual Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration. The event will include a brief welcome and introduction to the park, sandcastle building contest, three-legged race, water-balloon toss and bubble gum blowing contest. Concessions will be available at the Marina Store throughout the event.
The day will also include a Little Mr. and Miss Long Branch pageant. Participants for the pageant should be between the ages of 4-7 years old, wear patriotic attire and be prepared to answer one of two questions: ??Who is your hero?,?? or ??What is your favorite thing about the Fourth of July??? Contestants need to sign up on July 4 by 6 p.m. in the Long Branch Marina Store and arrive at the North Shelter by 6:45 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded.
Party at the Park is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor??s 100 Missouri Miles challenge on one the park??s three hiking trails.
To celebrate Missouri??s distinction as the ??Best Trails State?? by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.
For more information and to take the Challenge, visit 100MissouriMiles.com. Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.
Long Branch State Park is located two miles west of the U.S. Highway 63 and 36 junction in Macon County. For more information about the event, call the park at 660-773-5229. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.