The Covington News - - Sunday living - ~Staff re­ports

The city of Cov­ing­ton will have its 2011 In­de­pen­dence in the Park fes­ti­val on Sun­day.

The square will be dec­o­rated with patriotic ban­ners and the court­house is dec­o­rated as it was al­most a cen­tury ago.

The square and one block off the square will be blocked off be­gin­ning at 7 p.m. Satur­day. Usher and Stalling streets will be closed be­gin­ning at 2 p.m. on Sun­day to pre­pare for the fire­works. All roads will re­main closed un­til af­ter the event.

If you are driv­ing to the fes­ti­val, you can park at the New­ton County park­ing deck on Elm Street, the city of Cov­ing­ton park­ing lot next to the Lofts on Church Street, or the city park­ing lot off Emory Street. Hand­i­cap park­ing is avail­able be­side the New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing on Elm Street.

The fes­ti­val will be staged by Main Street Cov­ing­ton, the city of Cov­ing­ton and McKibben Mu­sic. Spon­sor­ship do­na­tions were made by District 5 Com­mis­sioner Tim Flem- ing, Lit­tle Cae­sar’s Pizza and Bull­dog Tire.

Ad­di­tional do­na­tions will be taken by McKibben Mu­sic in the form of a raf­fle. Raf­fle tick­ets for a chance to win a Peavey HP Sig­na­ture Blues Gui­tar val­ued at $800 will cost $5.

Bring lawn chairs and pic­nic meals, or you can buy meals from down­town restau­rants.

There will be booths and en­ter­tain­ment around the square.

The mu­si­cal show will be­gin with the first band start­ing at 3:30 p.m. and the last start­ing at 8:25 p.m.

Kerry Liv­gren, for­mer band mem­ber of the group Kansas, will be hon­ored with a plaque and a key to the City of Cov­ing­ton for the con­tri­bu­tions that he made to mu­sic and the arts over the years.

A fire­work dis­play is sched­uled to im­me­di­ately fol­low the last set.

On Mon­day, the New­ton County Com­mu­nity Band, di­rected by T.K. Adams, will play a con­cert of patriotic mu­sic from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed start­ing at 7 p.m. July 2, re­opens at mid­night tonight De­tour start­ing at 7 p.m. July 2, re­moved at mid­night tonight Closed start­ing at 2 p.m. July 2, re­opens at mid­night tonight

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