Independence Day

Popular bands to sound off at Cambria’s July Fourth celebration

Trio of groups to play from 11:30 a.m. until fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. at Shamel Park

Special to The CambrianJune 25, 2013 

Don’t plan on retiring early on July 4 if you reside near Shamel Park.

A trio of popular bands highlights a full day of fun, food, fireworks and music at Cambria’s traditional Independence Day celebration. Yes, it will be noisy.

Stellar (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Held for Ransom (3 to 5 p.m.), and Rough House (6:30 to 9 p.m.) promise to excite fans with a mixture of rock and country music suitable for dancing or just plain foot-stomping.

Rough House spokesman Tony Petruzzi described his group’s musical repertoire as a mix of classic country, ’60s rock and the Grateful Dead.

“Our fans can expect the unexpected and enjoy the show,” he said while declining to comment on the expected decibel level.

The Great Waiter & Waitress Tray Balancing Relay Race (1 p.m.) and Linn’s Messy Pie Eating Contest  (2 p.m.) will deliver plenty of laughs.  The Lions Club’s Bounce House and competitive events will keep kids entertained.

For those not concerned about calories or cholesterol, Cambria’s Sons of the American Legion Chapter No. 432 and Legion Auxiliary ladies will serve up hearty food at reasonable prices.

Native Cambrian Sarah Smith sings the National Anthem during opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. The fireworks show concludes festivities at 9 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. The American Legion post sponsors the annual event as a community service.

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