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Annual Fourth of July celebration in Sunnyside to begin with parade

The Sunnyside Lions Club is sponsoring the community's annual Fourth of July celebrations, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. on Independence Day.

Planned for the parade is representation by the United States military personnel in celebration of both national pride and the freedom granted the nation via those who have served in the military.

Also planned, but still in the works, is a flyover by U.S. military aircraft.

Included in the parade will be classic cars, floats, bicycles, motorcycles and more.

The parade line-up will be begin at 9 a.m. at Warehouse Avenue and North First Street. Parade entries will travel from Warehouse Avenue south on South Sixth Street to East Edison Avenue. From the corner of South Sixth Street and East Edison Avenue, entrants will proceed east to Sunnyside High School.

A soapbox derby is planned at West Grant Avenue and Bridge Street following the parade.

At noon, the gates to Clem Senn Field will open.

Those attending celebrations there will be treated to music and giveaways by radio personalities from 92.9 FM, the Bull.

A welcome address and speaker is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Vendors, games and activities will commence following the presentation.

A hot dog eating contest is slated for 1:45 p.m. and a pie eating contest is planned for 2:15 p.m. A watermelon eating contest is set for 2:45 p.m. and a chili cook-off will be judged at 3:15 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m. a special guest speaker is planned, and a talent show will follow.

Special cash prizes will be presented to the winners of the talent show for which there are a limited number of applications available.

Those wishing to enter the talent show can contact Barb Bloomfield-Lange at 509-366-1184 or Julia Hart at 509-643-2033.

At 8:30 p.m. there will be a 21-gun salute and the fireworks display is slated for dusk.

There is no admission fee for Sunnyside's annual Fourth of July celebration, but donations are welcome.

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