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July 1, 2010

Oneonta's Hometown Fourth of July in Neahwa Park is back for its 18th edition.

Oneonta's Hometown Fourth of July in Neahwa Park is back for its 18th edition.

And the fireworks may be better than ever, Central New York Radio Group General Manager George Wells said.

The daylong event Sunday, hosted by Central New York Radio Group, includes live music, food vendors, games for kids and a free Oneonta Outlaws game capped by a fireworks display between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Hometown Fourth of July is dedicated to nonprofit organizations, which have traditionally used the celebration as a giant fundraiser in the park, he said.

"The focus is on our nonprofits," Wells said. "For most of them it is the biggest fundraiser of the year."

About 30 non-profit groups are participating this year at the event, which begins at noon.

The fireworks this year are sponsored by Five-Star Subaru, and the Oneonta car dealership has said it's looking to double the size of the display, Wells said Wednesday night.

Jay's Place and Wilber National Bank are supporting sponsors of Hometown Fourth of July, while Northern Eagle Beverages will sponsor the Budweiser Bandstand in Neahwa Park.

Whitestone will play from noon to 2 p.m.; Harmony Street ricone are live from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Let's Tokyo takes the stage from 7 p.m. until the fireworks start at the end of the Outlaws' game.

Whitestone plays gospel praise music; Harmony Street is an a capella doo-wop group; and Let's Tokyo plays contemporary rock.

Spectators at Damaschke Field are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the local food bank. The Outlaws play an earlier game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Doubleday Field against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The Outlaws will face the Albany Dutchmen in the second half of their doubleheader at 6 p.m.

So far, the weather looks like it will cooperate for the entire holiday weekend, with the National Weather Service calling for sunny skies with temperatures increasing from a high near 80 on Friday to a high near 90 on Sunday.

"It looks like it's going to be absolutely gorgeous," Wells said.

For those looking for an early dose of fireworks, the village of Cooperstown is hosting a display Friday at dusk at Lakefront Park.

Sherburne also is hosting a daylong festival Sunday in Paddlefield Park, with fireworks as the finale.

The Norwich Firefighters Association Field Days event at the Chenango County Fairgrounds on Sunday will feature fireworks following a 7 p.m. concert by country singer Jason Michael Carroll.

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