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.
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 annual Lights Over Morse Lake celebration.
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.
On the July 4 holiday, 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. 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 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, starting and finishing at Hamilton North Public Library Pavilion, with stops around town. Registration begins at 9:30 a.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 Jackie Hayden at 317-446-1352.
Also, on Saturday, there is a Scavenger Hunt on golf carts, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting and finishing at the library’s pavilion. Registration is 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., limited to the first 40 carts to register, by calling Sheila Raines at 317-385-1364. Registration is $20. First prize, $100; second prize, $80; third prize, $60.
If you’re reading this before July 5, then check out July 4 activities at Lights Over Morse Lake’s website at www.lightsovermorselake.org.
Today (Friday) and Saturday, there are many more Lights Over Morse Lake activities to enjoy in during the four-day festival.
On Friday, Kids Day at the Park, there is a Miss Celebrations USA Beauty Pageant at 9 a.m. at Cicero Community Park, a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 10 a.m. at the park and Meet Your Favorite Superhero and Princess from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community Park. Kids can meet Batman and Spiderman, Belle & Ariel, with free balloon creations and face painting. There will be a Cicero police and fire vehicles display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., U.S. Army interactive display noon to 5 p.m., and Colts interactive display and Pacers fan van open 2 to 4 p.m., square dancing by Do-Si-Squares 2 to 4 p.m., Friends of the Park bingo 5 to 7 p.m., and Flying Toasters concert 8 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, visitors can kick start their morning with a Feed the Flock 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. beginning at the library pavilion, Kiwanis Breakfast is 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Cicero Christian Church, adult volleyball tournament at 8:30 a.m., golf cart poker run at 10 a.m., Cicero Kids Got Talent at 1 p.m. at Community Park stage, rain barrel auction ends at 2 p.m., classic car cruise-in is 2 to 5 p.m. at Community Park with dash plaques to the first 50 entrants, scavenger hunt on golf carts 5 to 7 p.m. from library pavilion, Methodist Church fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. at Red Bridge Park, and Blue River Country band concert from 8 to 10 p.m. at Community Park.
Hamilton North Library yard sale is open Thursday and Friday. A carnival, Prancing Ponies and farm animal petting zoo, Cicero Christian Church hospitality tent and food and craft vendor booths are open daily.
For more details about the festival and to find registration forms for specific activities, visit www.lightsovermorselake.org or the Lights Over Morse Lake Facebook page.

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