Organizers' web woes won't hinder fun on July Fourth


The website for Clintonville Fourth of July Inc. mysteriously went offline some weeks ago and efforts to restore it as of late last week had not been successful.

G. Scott Smith, president of the board for the volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts on the community's storied celebration of the birth of a nation, said he hopes to have it back up before July 4 rolls around, and that the loss of the web presence has hampered organizing and even fundraising efforts.

"We can't get it back up," Smith said. "It's almost too late now. That's been a huge problem this year."

Nevertheless, the show must and will go on.

Board member Addie Davis-Holsinger, who is heading up the committee that's putting on the third annual 5k run and related events as part of this year's celebration, did provide a web presence for the event courtesy of RE/MAX Capital Centre Inc. Realtors, where she works.

"I had lots of questions," she said.

At the site,, visitors can find the schedule of July Fourth events in and around Whetstone Park. They also can donate to the volunteer effort that will entertain an anticipated 25,000 people throughout the day.

Registration for the 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m., preceded by a kids dash for youngsters at 8:15 a.m. Prizes of all kinds will be available for the children, the committee chairwoman said, and the adult runners will get T-shirts with a custom design by Traxler Tees as well as a $5 voucher for the annual community breakfast, which runs from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

"It's going pretty good," Davis-Holsinger said last week. "We need some more runners. We're doing great on sponsors."

A flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion is set for 9 a.m. The increasingly popular pet parade will get underway at 9:45 a.m., with a bicycle-decorating contest at 10 a.m. The fishing derby runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Once again this year, local band Janet's Planet will provide the entertainment in the evening, leading up to the fireworks show around 10 p.m.

"By popular demand, I might add," Smith said of the five-member group's fifth appearance at the celebration. "They do a really good job with our crowd, and they're a really good band."

The group, with Janet Cesner on vocals, Chris White on drums, Charly Cesner on guitar, Bob Miller on bass and Dennis Aurand providing lead vocals, plays "a variety of cool songs from the '60s to today's current hits," according to the band's website.

The capper to the day, the fireworks show, once again will be provided by Melrose Pyrotechnics of Kingsbury, Ind.

There's one aspect of the day that organizers can't control, however. "What we need is some excellent weather," Smith said. "That always plays a part in it."

Registration for the 5k race is available at speedysneakers. com. The fee for runners is $25 through June 30. It goes to $35 the day of the event. The course will be new, taking participants through the Roselea neighborhood, Davis-Holsinger said.