Drive your golf cart to Lights Over Morse 4th

(Photo provided by Lights Over Morse Lake)
Golf carts are popular during the annual Lights over Morse Lake Fourth of July weekend celebration. A golf-cart contest takes place annually on July 4 before the 11 a.m. parade, with a golf-cart poker run and golf-cart scavenger hunt both set for Saturday during the festival.

Do you own a golf cart and want to ride it all over town for the July 4 weekend?

Then bring your golf cart to the Town of Cicero for the 2022 Lights Over Morse Lake Festival.

Golf carts are permitted for use in the northern Hamilton County town on Morse Lake.

As long as you abide by the rules, you can drive a golf cart in the lakeside community. Just carry proof of insurance, display a slow-moving vehicle sign on the back, have functional headlamps and tail lamps, not operate after 10 p.m., and hold a valid driver’s license.

Golf carts are permitted within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Cicero, with the exception of Indiana 19.

During the July 4 holiday weekend, there is always a golf-cart contest, with folks this year invited to decorate their golf carts in a patriotic theme for the 10 a.m. July 4 contest at Hamilton North Library Pavilion, and then ride the golf carts in the 11 a.m. Fourth of July parade through town.

But if you miss that, there is also a golf cart poker run and a golf-cart scavenger hunt.

The golf cart poker run is at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting and finishing at Cicero Christian  Church Shelter, with stops around town, with prize awards at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per hand, with $500 in cash prizes, including $200 to the best hand.

So you might ask, what’s a golf cart poker run?

It’s a game of chance, and the golf cart riders with the best hand wins.

If you’ve been on a motorcycle or boat poker run, then you know how it’s played. The participants, or card players, visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each. The object of the game: to have the best five-card poker hand at the end of the poker run.

Wanna know more about Lights Over Morse Lake golf cart poker run? Call Laura Herrera at 317-531-2135.

Saturday, there is a Scavenger Hunt on golf carts, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting and finishing at the Cicero Christian Church Shelter. Registration starts at 3 p.m., register, by calling Sheila Raines at 317-385-1364. Registration is $20 per cart. First prize, $100; second prize, $80; third prize, $60.

Check out July 1-4 activities at Lights Over Morse Lake’s website at

On Friday, rain barrel silent auction kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Festival Office, with Music Bingo 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by K&S Main St. Music at Community Park Shelter; concert featuring opener Linda Lee at 7 p.m., followed by The Bishops until 10 p.m. at the library pavilion; and an Outdoor Movie at 9 p.m. at Cicero Christian Church shelter/north lawn.

On Saturday, Kids Day at the Park, there is a Miss Celebrations USA Lights over Morse Lake Pageant at 9 a.m. at Cicero Christian Church; a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 9 a.m. at the park basketball courts; Princess/Superheroes and Face Painting, 10 a.m. to noon at the library pavilion; Barnyard Party Pals 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Community Park; American Legion Military Celebration Lunch 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Red Bridge Park; Music in the Park from noon to 6 p.m.; Human Hamster Ball Fun from noon to 11 p.m. in Community park south end; Cruise-In Car Show 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Community Park south end with setup at 1:30 p.m.; Scavenger Hunt, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cicero Christian Church; Caboose Rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , south of the Main parking lot; United Family Wesleyan Church Fish Fry from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wesleyan Church on Washington Street; Cicero Friends of the Park Bingo 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Community Park; V

On Sunday, Husky Futures’ Nelson’s BBQ port a pit chicken fundraiser from 11 am. to 2 p.m.; Barnyard Party Pals is noon to 6 p.m. at Community Park;  Cornhole Tournament, noon at Community Park south end; Human Hamster Ball Fun is noon to 11 p.m. in Community Park south end; Golf Cart Poker Run, 2 p.m. at Cicero Christian Church shelter; Music in the Park from noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Community Park; Hamilton County Band, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Park shelter; Rain Barrel Silent Auction ends at 4 p.m.; hot air balloon tethered rides, 7:30 p.m. to sunset, Stringtown Pikers; and The Big 80s Band 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the library pavilion.

On Monday, Selah’s Grace 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the parks office; golf-cart decorating contest at 10 a.m. at the library pavilion; parade at 11 a.m., lineup at 10 a.m. in three different areas; Barnyard Party Pals from noon to 6 p.m. in Community Park; Human Hamster Ball Fun from noon to 11 p.m. in Community park south end; Music in the Park, noon to 6 p.m.; Human Hamster Ball Fun in Community park south end; Music in the Park, noon to 6 p.m. in Community Park; United Family Wesleyan Church Free Fair, 4 to 8 p.m.; with Fireworks at 10 p.m. at the Jackson Street Bridge.

A carnival, Prancing Ponies and farm animal petting zoo, Cicero Christian Church hospitality tent in Community Park; and food and craft vendor booths are open daily. Vendor booths are open beginning at 4 p.m. Friday in Community Park.

The carnival is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (unlimited rides wristband $25); noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (noon-4:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. unlimited rides wristbands $25); noon to 9:30 p.m. Monday (noon to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. unlimited rides wristbands $25) at Community Park. Save $2 on wristband with electronic coupon on website, Friday-Sunday.

For more details about the festival and to find registration forms for specific activities, visit or the Lights Over Morse Lake Facebook page.

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