Fall Festival: Fireworks recreate July 4th celebration

COLUMBIA CITY — On Friday and Saturday, Morsches Park will welcome Whitley County residents to gather for fall fanfare and celebration. The rescheduled fireworks display has now allowed for a weekend of food, music and entertainment. At 5 p.m. Friday, food vendors and bounce houses will open. An Elementary Mile Championship Run will kick off at 5:30 p.m. This will feature over 700 cross country runners in grades three through five. The night will close with a concert by Bluebird Revival at 6 p.m.Saturday, the park will open at 8 a.m. to host the farmer’s market. Other features for Saturday include wagon rides and hot air balloon rides for $1. The Whitley County Children’s Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m.At 7 p.m. Spike and the Bulldogs return to perform their previously scheduled show, cancelled when fourth of July festivities were put on hold. Fireworks will be launched at 8:45 p.m. to bring the weekend to a close.According to city officials, sparklers and fountain fireworks will be allowed in a specific, designated area of the park. No other fireworks may be lighted inside the park. Some traffic restrictions will be enforced in the Columbia Shores subdivision. The Whitley County Fall Festival contests, that are scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m., are sponsored in part by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau.