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A lifeguard helps pull the tug-of-war rope during the men-versus-women competition during the 2017 event.

The Beach Bash is going to look a little different this year.

With a newly remodeled Fireman’s Park, many of the activities at the annual Beach Bash will remain the same, city recreation director Casey Dudley told the Press, but the trick is finding out where to locate them now that the $2 million in upgrades to the park has changed its layout.

“We’re learning on the fly here, too,” Dudley said. “It’s definitely a little more difficult to have all that stuff there with the way the beach and splash pad are figured.”

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the park will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and the Beach Bash will officially begin at 4 p.m., he said. The event will feature beach games, a dunk tank and tug-of-war, a live DJ, a bouncy house, door prizes and free hot dogs and chips donated by Miller and Sons Supermarket.

The DJ will likely move up off the beach, and the bouncy house might have to be placed elsewhere in the park because of the beach’s new design, Dudley said. They’re still considering locations for the grill, he added.

The cost of admission for Beach Bash is $1 for children and $2 for adults. Park attendees who are there to only use the playground and the splash pad won’t have to pay to get into the park because those amenities aren’t considered a part of the Beach Bash.

“They should come out to see the new park, if they have not, to partake in the celebration of the beach, and enjoy the amenities that we have to offer,” Dudley said. “Hopefully it’s a great event and we get good weather.”

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