September 27, 2022

Sand volleyball, basketball contests, kid zone inflatables start Sunday afternoon

City fireworks display at dusk

There will be plenty more activities to do before the fireworks begin at dusk.

The City of Newton has scheduled a number activities Sunday, July 4 at Agnes Patterson Memorial Park in celebration of Independence Day. Everything from a sand volleyball tournament, basketball contests and a kid zone full of inflatables and DJ entertainment will be available to the public.


Teams can consist of six to nine players, but at least two females are needed on the court for each team at all times. Players must be in ninth grade or older. The cost is $25 per team, with a limit of 12 teams. All teams must register by Friday, July 2. The tournament will officially begin at 3 p.m.


Three different age groups can participate in a three-point contest — sponsored by Dodd’s Trash Hauling and Recycling, Inc. — at the basketball court located near the soccer fields. Rules will be handed out at the time of registration. Prizes will be given to first place and second place finishes.

The ages 18 and up contest begins at 2 p.m. with registration at 1:30 p.m. Entrants ages 13-17 shoot at 3:30 p.m. and must register at 2:30 p.m. Ages 12 and under begin at 4:30 p.m. and register at 3:30 p.m.


The free-throw contest will be held at the same location as the three-point contests. Only one division will be playable, but boys and girls will be separated within the division. Kids ages 10 and under will compete at 5:30 p.m. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be given to first and second place.

All participants will receive a participation medal.


Families can enjoy a kid zone full of inflatables, including a patriotic obstacle course, a bounce house and pirate ship inflatables. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Music entertainment will be provided by DJ Ray from 6:30 p.m. to dusk.

For more information,

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or

Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig has a strong passion for community journalism and covers city council, school board, politics and general news in Newton, Iowa and Jasper County.