Cool contest

By on June 30, 2015

The faces behind this year’s July 4 theme

Fourth of July Committee Chairman Tim Reedy (left) presented the Smith family with complimentary tickets to this year's program in the park as a prize for creating the 2015 theme. The family includes (from left) Emily Deel, Jane and Mike Smith, and Cecilia Deel. (photo by Stephen Seeber)

Fourth of July Committee Chairman Tim Reedy (left) presented the Smith family with complimentary tickets to this year’s program in the park as a prize for creating the 2015 theme. The family includes (from left) Emily Deel, Jane and Mike Smith, and Cecilia Deel. (photo by Stephen Seeber)

A colossal community event like Lititz’s Fourth of July weekend has many facets, from parades to queens to fireworks, and there’s a local story behind each.

But one name ties it all together in a nice, neat catch phrase. Jane Smith.

Smith, a marketing manager for Derck & Edson in downtown Lititz, came up with this year’s Fourth of July theme &tstr; Red, White & Cool!

Unlike previous celebrations in which the Fourth of July Committee would decide on a theme, the general public was called upon to determine the text for 2015. The contest was publicized last fall, and Smith’s ode to the borough’s 2013 Coolest Small Town title was the unanimous winner.

“It was just a natural fit to use that theme for the coolest event in the entire country, which is the July Fourth celebration in Lititz,” said Tim Reedy, chairman of this year’s committee.

For her creative effort, Smith won tickets for her entire family to Saturday’s big show.

“It’s exciting,” she said of the honor of picking this year’s theme. “This is fun. The girls were delighted.”

july4logoThe rest of the family includes husband Mike, who also works at Derck & Edson as an engineer and is a deputy chief with the Lititz Fire Co., and daughters Emily and Cecilia Deel. They’ll be among the thousands of people flocking to the park on July 4.

Smith’s favorite part of the day?

“The fireworks,” she said without hesitation. “They’re awesome!”

The gates to Lititz Springs Park open at noon on Saturday, and tickets are still available. The patriotic weekend begins Friday night with the Lions Club parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by free entertainment at the park bandshell around 8:30.

Stephen Seeber is the associate editor of the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at sseeber.eph@lnpnews.com or 721-4423. 

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