VELVA - The Nashville band Restless Heart will provide the finale for a three-day Independence Day celebration kicking off July 4 in Velva that also includes ranch rodeo, an antique car show, parade and other activities.
Restless Heart, which had 26 top hits and four gold albums after its formation in 1984, takes over the Velva Rodeo Arena at 8 p.m.
Tickets, $20 in advance or $30 at the door, are available at Budget Music & Video or Dae Udder Place in Minot; the Velva C-store; or online at (midsummernightsjam.com).
Elizabeth Redding, publicist for the Velva celebration, said the Restless Heart concert follows a pitchfork fondue, which is open from 6 to 8 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Redding added that those attending the fondue will need concert tickets to get into the grounds.
The concert is open to all ages, but a beer garden will be available on the grounds.
Restless Heart, with hits like "When She Cries" and "I'll Still Be Lovin' You," disbanded for several years but regrouped in 1990 to release the "Still Restless" album, The original five members, who toured with Vince Gill, include drummer John Dittrich, bass guitarist Paul Gregg, Dave Innis on keyboard, lead guitarist Greg Jennings and lead vocalist Larry Stewart.
Redding noted shuttle buses will be available July 6 from Dae Udder Place, located in the Town and Country Shopping Center, 1015 S. Broadway, to the arena. Paid parking is available on the grounds.
The celebration opens July 4 with a parade on Main Street, beginning at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the Velva American Legion is sponsoring foot races at the football field and the Rocky Top petting zoo opens in the city park. Velva FFA will sell concessions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park.
Velva Varsity Cheerleaders will sponsor Bingo in the park from 1 to 4 p.m. and there is free swimming at the Velva pool from 1 to 7 p.m. A cake walk, face painting, foot races, horseshoes, an egg toss and water fight are part of the Fourth of July fun.
A ranch rodeo, sponsored by the Roughrider Saddle Club, begins at 6 p.m. at the rodeo arena. A DJ will take over after the rodeo. July 4 events conclude with a fireworks display at Kumm Field.
July 5 is reunion day at Velva, starting with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the senior center. School tours, a tour of homes and a salad luncheon at Oak Valley Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. precede an antique car show at 5:30 p.m. in the city park. A reunion picnic begins at 6 p.m. in the city park.
A 5/10K walk/run event starts with registration at 8 a.m. on July 6. Another breakfast at the senior center, old-timers baseball and displays of memorabilia at Oak Valley Lutheran Church precede the pitchfork fondue. Popular local country band Branded will open for the Restless Heart concert.