The cities of Corinth, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores and Hickory Creek will unite again for a July Fourth celebration that will include a parade, fireworks and the Lake Cities Idol Challenge.
The free celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a parade on July 4 at Lake Dallas’ City Park, 101 E. Hundley Drive.
There will be something for all ages, and city officials said they expect 5,000 to 7,000 people to attend.
New this year is a carnival midway offering rides and games. Lake Dallas officials said attendees can also expect to find a variety of festival foods as well as a vendor market.
The last event held in Lake Dallas was a Mardi Gras-themed celebration that included food, music and entertainment.
Mayor Tony Marino said such events help residents relax and take a break from their workweek.
“This event is for everyone in the area,” he said. “We want people to come out and have fun.”
The seventh annual Lake Cities Idol Challenge will take place in the early afternoon. The competition will feature some of the area’s best amateur singers ages 10 and older competing for cash prizes.
Judges will give singers feedback after each performance during the competition. Ten finalists will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the judging panel. The winner will receive $750, second place will receive $500 and third place will take home $250.
Contestants will be judged on stage presence, originality, musical ability and audience approval. Audience members will also be allowed to vote for their favorite performer.
Last year’s winner, Ryann Mathews of Murphy, will sing the national anthem at this year’s flag service, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial.
This will be the last year for the Idol Challenge.
“Next year’s local talent contest will have a new and creative format,” said Julie Chapman, Lake Dallas community relations director.
She said the idea of featuring local talent during community events has a long history in the Lake Cities, and plans are to add a few twists to the competition next year. She said she hopes the new event will allow nonprofit organizations and booster clubs to generate funds.
The Lake Cities Fourth of July Celebration will feature musical entertainment on the main stage throughout the day. Eleven Hundred Springs will headline the music entertainment with a 7 p.m. performance, and a fireworks display will follow.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.