Anthony, Kansas Chamber of Commerce

The Harper County Fourth of July is on its way, which means the skies across the Anthony Lake will be filled with bursting fireworks and excitement will be in the air. All throughout July 3 and 4, there will be plenty to do at the Anthony Lake. The fun starts on July 3 where you can begin enjoying an old-fashioned Fourth of July with “The Goons” kicking off with their annual concert at the lake. Karaoke and local talent will be featured on the 4th before the evening entertainment.
For the 22nd year, the Harper County 4th of July committee has begun planning the annual Celebration for Harper County. This year we are adding a theme to the festivities, “Star Spangled Salute”! We are pleased to say that plans are shaping up for just as big a celebration as we had last year. We anticipate as many participants in this year’s activities as we have had over the past years.

We are planning to have some of the old favorites such Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coed Sand Volleyball, Fishing Contest, Digital Scavenger Hunt, Helicopter Rides Jet Ski Drag Racing (is pending) and the Turtle races return to the day’s line-up. New this year is “1st Annual 5K Run Walk & Splatter” which if sponsored by Anthony Community Care Center.

Watching 4th of July fireworks from a helicopter is truly the awe-inspiring and unique way to celebrate Independence Day. This year we will sell buttons for a chance to win a helicopter ride for three, to watch the fireworks from the air. We have other small prizes as well. Buttons sell $3 each or 2 for $5 and just 500 buttons have been ordered. Get your early before they are gone!

We invite you to bring your family for fun day at the lake, providing a spectacular evening of entertainment filled with music and the brilliant fireworks that we have come to be known for, in South Hope your family and friends will join us at the Lake for a great 4th of July Celebration. Central Kansas.

Now about our “All Star Entertainment”! Our evening entertainment includes Neil Diamond Tribute Show by entertainer Marshall Matthews joined by recording artist Piper Leigh followed by recording artist Brian Lee Dunning. Then, our show stopper, “Award Winning International Entertainer Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings”, Las Vegas Elvis Show, joined by Piper Leigh.

Marshall Matthews is one of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the nation performing over 44 shows annually throughout United States, Canada and Mexico. Marshall performs exciting, audience pleasing shows from the West Coast to the East and is in repeated demand in Cabo San Lucas. Marshall has performed at the Kansas Star Casino and most recently at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Concert goers are treated to high powered, high energy performances that replicate the true Elvis Experience. His Neil Diamond Tribute features the showmanship of the great Neil Diamond.

Also featured will be Brian Lee Dunning, a rockabilly Elvis tribute artist. Brian Lee Dunning has been entertaining rockabilly fans for practically his entire life. His love of American music and style carved him into one of the most energetic and dynamic rock and roll front men in the business. Brian's incredible stage persona and high-energy shows has not only captured the hearts and imaginations of the younger generations of rock and roll fans, but also appeals to the first generation of Carl Perkins, Elvis, and Buddy Holly enthusiasts.

Also making an appearance will be Piper Leigh, a Blues Singer in disguise; she writes and sings very well with a voice like butter on a biscuit. Piper’s sound has the bluesy, gravel-gargled and earthy feel of Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin, while also capturing the emotion and musical adventurism of fellow genre-hopping artist, Eva Cassidy. Piper has independently released two CD’s, “A Night at the Cabaret: The Soul of Eva Cassidy,” and her self-titled, “Piper Leigh,” an original album.