Duncan seeks ‘Biggest Small Town 4th of July’

Contributed Photo/Gualterio Casias. Keith Wilkerson handles the reins on the horses during the 2017 Duncan Fourth of July Parade.

DUNCAN — Duncan residents are fund-raising in hopes of putting on a Fourth of July celebration bigger than anything seen before in the Gila Valley.

The town is putting on the parade and fireworks, and a group of residents are looking to add to the festivities by putting on an event called the Biggest Small Town 4th of July.

“It will start with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., and then the town will do the parade,” said Brittani Wallace, who is heading up fund-raising and marketing. “We’ll have games in the park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll have vendors and photo booths, with lots of photo opportunities — lots of activities.”

Those other activities include pie-eating  and hot dog-eating contests, a water balloon contest at the football field, a Fire Department cool-off station and activities at Duncan small businesses.

Toward evening there will be a community dinner on the football field, followed by the fireworks and the day will close with a family-friendly street dance on Main Street.

“We are trying to raise $15,000; $10,000 of that is going to go to the Merchant’s Association to put on the whole event,” Wallace said, “and then we’re going to donate $5,000 to the town for the fireworks.”

To donate via the event’s GoFundMe page, go to https://bit.ly/2Aravsi. Donations may also be made at Duncan Town Hall.