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Kingsland AquaBoom a Weeklong July 4 Celebration

The Kingsland AquaBoom land parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4. Staff photo by Jared Fields

KINGSLAND — Wendy Taylor thought and thought and thought about how to define AquaBoom, Kingsland’s annual weeklong Fourth of July celebration, which draws an average of 30,000 people from, well, everywhere.

“It’s your AquaBoom,” the event president finally said. “AquaBoom is the community. It’s about the community. It’s for the families, the generations who’ve been here and come back. It’s also about the community. When organizations come to me and say, ‘I want to be part of the AquaBoom umbrella,’ we welcome that. We want and need them.”

That’s why there are so many things to do and see at AquaBoom: meals, parties, a golf tournament, an arts and crafts show, children’s rides, a patriotic costume contest, horseshoe and washer pitching contests, a poker run, parades, a classic car show, a rubber ducky race, fireworks, and much more.

The official AquaBoom kickoff party is 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, at The Place Downtown, 1910 RR 1431 West.

On Saturday, June 30, AquaBoom begins at 9 a.m. with a golf tournament at Lighthouse Country Club, 118 Club Circle. The cost to play in the four-player scramble is $45 for club members and $80 for non-members.

Children's rides and an arts and crafts show will be set up from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Registration for the patriotic costume contest is 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. Saturday event.

All three will take place in the area behind M&M Donuts, 1341 RR 1431.

KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune’s Ben Shields will be broadcasting live from the arts and crafts show from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

On Sunday, festivities switch to Kingsland Community Park, 710 Williams St., for the Poker Run on the River and the 13th annual horseshoe pitch and washer tournament. Both start at 10 a.m., but registration for the tournament is at 9 a.m. Entry into the poker run is $25.

Also on Sunday, a patriotic barbecue meal is 3-6 p.m. followed by a patriotic concert at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3435 RR 1431. Plates of brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, and bread with tea are $10 each. The concert is free to attend. Proceeds benefit His Joshua House, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery house for men. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the church or Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, 2743 RR 1431 West; Packsaddle Fellowship Church, 508 RR 2900; and Protea Salon and Spa, 106 Cottonwood Drive, Suite A.

Monday’s only event also benefits His Joshua House. It’s a wild game fundraising dinner and auction from 5:30-9 p.m. at Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Drive. Cost is $20 per person.

Kick up your heels to the tunes of River Rat Revue at the annual street dance from 8-11:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Bank, 311 RR 2900. The dance is free.

Wednesday, July 4, starts with registration for the land parade at 7:30 a.m. followed by registration for the children’s parade at 8 a.m. Children participating in the parade are asked to line up on the corner of RR 1431 and RR 2900, while those participating in the land parade will line up at Packsaddle Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Lane. The children’s parade begins at 9 a.m., while the land parade starts rolling at 10 a.m.

The Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Show is all day Wednesday at Security State Bank, 204 RR 2900.Head over to the 2900 River Bridge at 4 p.m. for the wacky raft race. The rubber ducky race is at 5 p.m., and the cost is $5 per duck. The first 100 to enter receive a souvenir patriotic rubber ducky.

Un-Muted takes the stage from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and the boat parade starts at 6 p.m. The fireworks will light up the night sky above Lake LBJ at dark.

On Friday, July 6, is the steak cook-off with judging at 7 p.m. Entry cost is $25, and grillers must bring their own rib-eyes. The barbecue cook-off is Saturday with beans being judged at 11 a.m. followed by chicken at noon, ribs at 1 p.m., and brisket at 2 p.m. Cost is $125 for one or all meats and $10 for beans. Both Lonestar Barbecue Society cook-offs are at Lighthouse Country Club.

Taylor said people asked committee members to consider moving the fireworks show, the highlight of AquaBoom, to Saturday, but they didn’t feel right about that. Fireworks signal Independence Day, she added, which is celebrated July 4.

“It makes sense to start (AquaBoom) the weekend before,” she said. “It culminates up to the fireworks show. The multiple-day celebration is leading up to the anticipation of the Fourth of July fireworks.”

As Taylor considered her definition of AquaBoom, she restated that few events bring unity to a community quite like this one.

“It brings the community together in a way I haven’t seen,” she said. “It is the one event the entire community has to get in on. Without the community involvement, there’s no way it can happen.”

Go to kingslandaquaboom.org for more information on Kingsland's AquaBoom.

For more Independence Day celebrations, check out our Highland Lakes Fourth of July guide.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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