MINERAL CITY (WJER) (July 8, 2022) – The Mineral City community is coming together to commemorate the town’s recovery from the tornado that destroyed its fire station nine years ago.
The Little Twist on Mineral Festival returns tomorrow with various activities planned throughout the day that concludes at sundown with a fireworks display. Organizing committee President Nikki Moore says it opens at 1 with a series of vintage games and skills challenges for kids who will also get to participate in a bicycle rodeo. (The first 36 entrants will get a free helmet, and those who complete the challenge will be entered to win a new bike to take home.)
“For the first 36 kids that do enroll in the rodeo, they will receive a free bike helmet. And then once they participate in the rodeo at the end of the event, they will be eligible to win one of 12 bicycles.”
The festival parade steps off at 5 from Lindentree Street, an hour after the beer garden opens and the car show begins. The Moonlyterz take the stage at 6, performing until the fireworks start going off at 10.
“A lot of the families in town will hold off having their Fourth of July get-togethers until this Saturday because what’s better than sitting in your own yard listening to the band? They have their cookouts, you know, their fun, entertaining times with their family and they top it all off with the fireworks display because you can obviously see the fireworks anywhere in town.”
Moore says the first festival in 2016 was to celebrate the completion of the new fire station and thank the community for its support in the aftermath of the disaster. She says organizers decided to keep the event going and pay the generosity forward by donating the proceeds to different charities.