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Odell, CL, HR celebrate 4th

The Hood River parade rolls at 10 a.m. and fireworks shows are planned in Hood River and Cascade Locks, both at dusk. The Odell community parade starts at 4 p.m., with formation at 3:30 p.m. at Mid Valley elementary School.

Two grand marshals will lead the Hood River parade: 92-year-old World War II veteran Ed Bartlien and 3-year-old Lila May Schow of Odell, who is battling neuroblastoma cancer.

Prior to the parade, several hundred people participate in the Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run and Walk from Mid Valley School in Odell to Jackson Park. The participants make their way via the parade route on 12th and May streets; walkers leave the Odell Fire Station at 8 a.m. while runners start their race at 9 a.m. (This year, shuttle bus service courtesy of the Hood River Wrestling Club, will help get people back to Odell after the run.)

No candy

The “no candy distribution” policy will be enforced during the parade. Rotary Club and Heights Ice Cream Store will provide ice cream for a small fee to all who come to Jackson Park.

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum will provide a flyover of vintage planes at the start of the parade.

Commercial and organizational groups are encouraged to put together an entry for the annual Hood River Lions Independence Day parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on July 4. The theme of the parade is “Young and old, proud to be an American.”

Parade judging

This year the Hood River Lions will be judging the parade entries and three of the best entries will receive monetary awards: $50, $35 and $20. Application forms and parade rules are posted at gorgelions.org.

Completed registration forms should be turned in between 8:30 a.m. and the 10 a.m. start of the parade at Eighth Street and Sieverkropp Drive on the Hood River Heights. At least two local music groups have indicated that they will play in the parade.

Jackson Park

The American flag will be raised at noon to the national anthem and then grand marshals Ed Bartlien and Lila May Schow will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also in the park will be face painting, two bounce houses and the Hood River Fire Department’s annual barbecue hamburger/hot dog meals, along with refreshments from other vendors.

The music for the event will be provided by Willy & Nelson, a four-piece group playing favorite rock, pop and country tunes.

Fireworks

Later in the evening at 10 p.m., the Eyeopener Lions Club will provide a 30 minute fireworks display. It can be seen at the riverfront property of the Port of Hood River or virtually any other location around Hood River or White Salmon/Bingen.

Individuals and businesses wishing to provide funds for the fireworks display should send their tax-deductible donations to Lions Fireworks, 1761 12th St. #136, Hood River, OR 97031.

For more information contact Tom Yates at 541-386-7212 or tfyates@embarqmail.com.

Waterfront closures

The Port of Hood River will close the Spit property from July 3-5 to allow Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club to set up, and remove, the fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

Access to the Sandbar is closed at 7 p.m. July 4.

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