|Chris Stegner of Bluegrass Photography|
One of the quaintest elements of Fort Thomas is the ample historic trees. The tree-lined roadways and the 100-year old Oaks fronting house after house are truly a thing of beauty. But, have you ever thought, while gazing toward to sky looking at the tree canopy; “I think I could climb that tree!” If you’re like me, I’m sure you have thought that. If you’re like my husband, I’m sure you’ve actually tried (then subsequently fallen, thrown out your back, and watched from a prostrate position while I mowed the lawn).
Well, at the annual Fort Thomas Independence Celebration, you can climb that tree, and can do so safely (listening, husband?). That’s because the organizers of the event festivities are bringing in professional tree climbers to assist your kids (or you!) in climbing a tree.
In addition to the tree climbing, this year’s festivities will include rides, two bouncy-houses, a train equipped with a train depot for the kids, and a putt-putt golf course set up on the tennis courts.
The celebration begins at 9:00 with a baseball tournament with a skills competition at 10:00. This will be on the back baseball fields and will be over by noon and awards will be given out for the baseball tournament. The inflatable rides and trains arrive throughout the afternoon and open at staggered times (noon for inflatables, two for train). Following this, the mayor will be dedicating the newly refinished tower plaza with a dedication ceremony. Fort Thomas residents Debbie Buckley and Gloria Sisk have put together a history of the tower and have flags representing each branch of the military. The colors will be presented by the Civil Air Patrol and the Highlands Jazz Ensemble accompanying.
Throughout the afternoon, beer tickets will be sold by the Museum Committee (museum is open throughout the day also). Additionally, a corn hole tournament is set to begin at 3:00 with prizes to be awarded to the winners. The quilt show will take place in the Mess Hall (air-conditioned and the bathrooms will be open). If you have a quilt you’d like to share, they are still looking for participants so contact Linda Slone at 859-750-9532.
Two bands will be playing this year: Sleepin’ Dogs at 5:00 and Soul Pocket from 7:00 until 10:00. Also throughout the day, there will be food and drinks available from the various attending vendors. Those registered so far are a lemonade stand, Zoomers funnel cakes, Fort Thomas Pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers (sponsored by Highland Methodist Church), Beer (St. Catherine’s Church), a tattoo booth (Tracy Davis- State Farm), and BBQ. All vendors will have soft drinks and waters for purchase (additional bathrooms are available on-site as well).
Around 7:00, some of the activities begin to close with everything closed before the classic car show parade at 7:45. Fireworks begin at 10:00!
So, be sure to come out and enjoy the fun, family, Fort, and fireworks!