Kids of all ages will be able to "train" to be a junior firefighter on Saturday, June 25, during Sparks in the Park at the Four States Fairgrounds. The kids will have race through an obstacle course while taking on the role of a firefighter.

This is a great way to teach children about fire safety and give them confidence about what to do during a fire emergency situation. And who knows? Your child may decide to become a firefighter.

The event is for kids of all ages noted Michael Haynes with the Texarkana, Arkansas Fire Department.

“We will have a high rise, pack hose carry, a confined space tunnel crawl and a hose spray evolution. The guys that will be operating the course are members of the TAFD Honor guard and members of B Crew Engine 4 Company," he said.

The video below shows how the event appeared when it was set up at this year’s RailFest.

"We set up the obstacle course to interact with our community in a positive atmosphere where they can experience some of the skills and techniques used by professional firefighters," Haynes said.

The kids get to wear some of the same type of outfits that firefighters wear as children run the course, pretending to save lives and putting out fires out with real firefighter hoses.

(The video is provided by the City of Texarkana, Ark.)

Click here to get more information on Sparks in the Park so you will have it on June 25 to find all of the events:


More information about Sparks in the Park 2016:

Food, live music, kids' games and fireworks are awaiting you at Sparks in the Park this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25, so you don't miss it. Admission and parking is free. Doors open at 4PM.

Sparks in the Park is a family-fun event where there is something for everyone to enjoy. Get fair food and beverages while the kids play games to win prizes. Listen to local artists perform on stage then get ready for a fantastic fireworks show that begins at 9:30PM.

Visit the kids play areas with bounce houses and the giant sandbox. Get your face painted and experience the rock climbing wall. Cool off in the AG Learning Center. Plus, you can ride the kiddie train and see the Lead Foot Mud Drag Trucks up close and personal. And there are contests where you could win some great prizes.

Be sure to download the entry forms before the event because many of them require pre-registration and the rules are also on the above link.

  • Apple Pie Contest: Make your award winning apple pie at home and bring it to the event to be judged.
  • Costume Contest: Wear your best patriotic outfits with lots of red, white and blue.
  • Strollers and Rollers Contest: Get the babies into the costume contest by dressing up their strollers with red, white and blue.
  • Photo Contest: If you love to take photos, this is the contest for you. Get ready to snap pictures until your fingers are numb.
  • Ice Cream Contest: Sign up to make your favorite batch of ice cream at home and bring it to Sparks in the Park to go up against others who think they have the best ice cream in all of the land.

Please remember the rules: No alcohol, personal coolers, pets or personal fireworks will be permitted on the fairgrounds.

Schedule of Events and Activities:

Entertainment on Stage

  • Opening Ceremonies at 6PM
  • Relentless performs at 6:30PM
  • Contest winners announced at 7:45PM
  • The Dusty Rose Band performs at 8PM
  • Stage is sponsored by Stateline Fireworks

Activities 4PM til Dark

  • Giant sandbox—15 yards of fun--sponsored by Red River Credit Union
  • Bounce Houses from Astro Jump—sponsored by First Baptist Church
  • Red River Army Depot tanks/trucks—come climb and explore
  • Climbing Wall—sponsored by TAMU-T
  • Darbinator Games from 6:30-8:30PM—Hula Hoops, 3-legged races, sack races, bubble gum blowing, water balloon toss, beach ball bonanza, egg run--sponsored by Smiles of Arkansas
  • AG Learning Center—cool off with educational exhibits
  • Finley’s Barnyard—cutest animals in the four states
  • Kiddie train—ride in style sponsored by Neighbors ER
  • Face painting—sponsored by Smiles of Arkansas
  • Cooling Misters—sponsored by Aloha Aire
  • Bean Bag Toss—sponsored by the Texas Elks Lodge
  • Hot Wheels/Cool Rides Cruisin'—Extreme trucks from Lead Foot Mud Drags and The Punisher Monster Truck will join the hottest wheels and coolest rides in the Four States area. Car clubs of mustangs, corvettes, jeep junkies, imports, antique cars and racetrack cars from Timberline Raceway will be on display
  • Patriotic balloons
  • Texas cornhole
  • Horse shoes
  • Wash boards
  • Strollers & Rollers (wagons) --sponsored by Robbins Toyota. Enter by 6:45PM at the Robbins Toyota tent
  • Patriotic costume – kids/families/groups. Enter by 6:45PM at the TownSquare Media tent
  • Ice cream eating contest at AG learning center
  • Best homemade apple pie in the Four States-sponsored by Albertson's
    Winner Awards: 1st place - $100 gift card, 2nd place - $75 gift card, 3rd place - $50 gift card
  • Best homemade ice cream in Four States- sponsored by Albertson's
    Winner Awards: 1st place - $100 gift card, 2nd place - $75 gift card, 3rd place - $50 gift card
  • Photo contest—send your pictures to the Kicker 102.5 Facebook page via private message from Sparks in the Park to win a Four States Fair prize package

Fireworks start at 9:30PM

Sparks in the Park will be at the Four States Fairgrounds located at 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, Ark. Gates open at 4PM and events are over just before the fireworks kick off around 9:30PM. For traffic route information click here.