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A fun-filled Fourth set for Ada park

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Wintersmith Park in Ada. (KTEN) Wintersmith Park in Ada. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- For about six decades now,  the Fourth of July celebration has been a staple at Ada's Wintersmith Park.

And the best way to kick off Thursday's classic event is with the 52nd annual Fireball Classic half-marathon.

"That is the oldest marathon in Oklahoma," said Kiwanis Club president Don Mauch. "It was the first one, and one of the oldest in the nation."

But Ada resident Steve Dawe, the Independence Day fireworks show steals the spotlight.

"It's usually pretty good," he said. "They have a lot of fireworks."

And for those who may not be into fireworks (or exercise, for that matter) the park will have plenty of other things on offer to make sure everyone has a good time.

"We'll be running our train, the carousel, we'll have miniature golf," Kiwanis Club treasurer Bob Vavricka said. "We'll do food items out of our concession stand."

Although this celebration is one of the town's oldest traditions, there have been some changes over the past 60 years. For instance, you'll no longer see a greased pole climb or greased pig chase!

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