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The Patriotic Spirit Of '76 Bounds In Gorge

Things to do on Fourth of July

Looking for a place to start your Independence Day celebration? Think Husum.

For the fifth year in a row, Husum will be hosting its annual Fourth of July Parade and 0.1 Micro-marathon and Fun Run. The parade down Husum's main street will start at 10 a.m. and be followed by the micro-marathon from the Husum bridge to the fire station. (The always-popular Husum Kazoo Band is seeking participants for the parade -- no experience required.)

"We began this event with just a few locals marching their donkeys and children's wagons down the main street of Husum," said event co-founder Joel Goodwillie. "After five years we still have the donkeys but now we also have a full color guard presenting our flag, as well as fire trucks and spectators lining the streets."

He added, "We have several World War II vets that come to watch. They come to honor their flag, and they don't care that the parade only lasts 10 minutes."

The micro-marathon is a 100-meter race across the White Salmon River. A water station along the route will ensure all runners are hydrated, and commemorative micro-marathon t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Following the parade and race, participants and spectators are invited to attend a traditional Fourth of July picnic at the Husum Roadside Barbeque offering free hot dogs and live music.

To find out how to participate in either event, or for more information, call 493-3780 or 493-2324.

Breakfast.

The public is invited to a free pancake breakfast and short patriotic program on the Fourth of July at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1041 W. Jewett (off State Route 141 in the Pucker Huddle area). Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m.

Parades.

The community of Mill A will hold its ninth annual Fourth of July parade along Jessup Road, starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the intersection of Jessup and Cook-Underwood roads (near the old Mill A Grange).

The parade will end up at Mill A School, where an old-fashioned fireman's picnic, an annual fundraiser for Mill A's volunteer firefighters, will complete the day's festivities.

Hood River's Fourth of July celebration will get under way at 10 a.m. with a parade on 12th Street, on the Heights, to Jackson Park. The park will be filled with art and food booths, the aroma of barbecue and the sound of live music. Also of interest: a flag-raising ceremony and face painting for kids.

Eating Contest.

The Husum Roadside Barbeque is sponsoring a Pickled Egg Eating Contest with a $100 grand prize. The entry fee is $5. To enter, sign up at the HRB, located at milepost 8 on State Route 141 (across from Husum Hills Golf Course).

Family Fun.

Maryhill Museum of Art has an afternoon of family friendly activities planned for the Fourth of July: make your own flag from 1-4 p.m.; live music starting at 3 p.m., and featuring the 50-member Gorge Winds concert band; and a Fourth of July Cookout from 1-4 p.m.

Music in the Park.

The Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Summer Concert Series in Rheingarten Park continues on July 4 with a performance by the Montavilla Brass Quintet from 6-9 p.m. The band performs classical, dixieland and swing, and a wide range of patriotic music, including Sousa marches.

Music at the Lodge.

The 133rd Washington Army National Guard Band will perform a special complimentary concert on Friday, July 1, at Skamnia Lodge in Stevenson. The concert in the lodge's Columbia River Gorge Amphitheatre, will begin at 7 p.m.

On Independence Day, Patrick Lamb kicks off the lodge's Summer Concert Series with a performance that starts at 7 p.m. The concert will be followed by a Fourth of July fireworks show over the river.

Individual tickets in the concert series can be purchased in advance for $8 general admission and $12 reserved seating, or on the day of the concert for $12 general admission and $15 reserved seating. For more information, visit skamania.com or call 800-376-9116.

Fireworks.

People on the north side of the Columbia River will be staking out their favorite viewing spots for the Hood River Lions Club's annual Fourth of July Fireworks display, which will commence shortly after dusk on the Hood River waterfront.

Alternatively, the Port of Klickitat is again opening Bingen Point for members of the public who want to discharge their legal fireworks, or watch others do the same, in a low fire danger location.

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