Christmas in July at Pleasant Hill Park

July 5, 2011

Pleasant Hill Park to host fireworks show on July 16 Fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus - in the middle of summer. It doesn't get any better than that. The place to find good old St. Nick and a giant fireworks show on Saturday night, July 16, is at Pleasant Hill Lake Park. The park will host its annual Christmas in July celebration, with events all weekend long. The fun begins on Friday (July 15) with a family bingo event at 7 p.m., followed by hayrides at 8 p.m. (weather permitting). A camper lot decorating contest begins at 8 p.m. The holiday celebration kicks into gear on Saturday (July 16) with a coloring contest at 10:30 a.m., followed by a kids' craft at 11 a.m. and an adult craft at 1 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m. until dusk, inflatable games will be available. The action moves to the park's swimming beach at 3 p.m. with music and beach games. Then, at 5 p.m., Santa arrives on his very own jet ski at the beach. The park's annual giant fireworks show begins at dark. Food vendors will be available all day long. The park is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and the beach is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. Gate fees on Saturday (July 16) for Christmas in July at $8 per vehicle and $5 per motorcycle. Bring non-perishable items for Helping Hand Food Pantry and receive $2 off gate admission.

Camping also is available at a cost of $34.25 per night for a full hookup site (includes electric and sewer service) or $30 per night for a site with electric only. Discounts apply for stays of at least 30 days. Group camping also is available. Reservations can be made by calling the park at (419) 938-7884 or by sending an e-mail to Pleasant Hill Park for availability. The park also features two-bedroom family vacation cabins that sleep up to six people, along with salt-box style camper cabins. Overnight boat docking can be purchased by guests of the park. The park also offers rentals of its picnic shelters for $40 each for small shelters and $80 each for large shelters. For more information or a complete schedule of activities over the holiday weekend and all summer, contact the park at (419) 938-7884. More details about the park also are available at www.mwcd.org and on Facebook. Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located at 3431 State Rt. 95, Perrysville, and is easily accessible by Rts. 39 or 603.

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