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Maxwelton Independence Day Parade calls for entries

Kids enjoy a classic Coke in the flatbed of a classic truck at last year’s Maxwelton Independence Day Parade. From the left, Ava Ulfwengren, Kate Ulfwengren, Beau Brighton, Elsa Ulfwengren and Ryan Brighton say cheers before the Maxwelton Parade begins. - Ben Watanabe / Record file
Kids enjoy a classic Coke in the flatbed of a classic truck at last year’s Maxwelton Independence Day Parade. From the left, Ava Ulfwengren, Kate Ulfwengren, Beau Brighton, Elsa Ulfwengren and Ryan Brighton say cheers before the Maxwelton Parade begins.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / Record file

Get your entries ready for the 98th annual Maxwelton Community Independence Day parade. The parade, hosted by members and volunteers of the Maxwelton Community Club, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 4 at Maxwelton Beach, Clinton.

There is no entry fee and no need to pre-register, but do bring a short description of the entry for the announcer. Registration for entry numbers begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Maxwelton and Swede Hill roads. The short but lively parade ends at the turn-in to the Dave Mackie Park boat ramp.

Creative musical and walking entries, and kids of any age on bikes are welcome; also non-motorized forms of transport. For safety reasons, non-vintage vehicles are limited to 5,000 pounds (Explorer/Tahoe size); inquiries about unusual entries and vehicles are welcome. There is a limit of one entry per political candidate or party. Grace Ann Lucas, 12, is the  winning designer of this year’s Maxwelton Parade souvenir button. She just completed the sixth grade at St. Thomas School in Lynnwood. Grace’s parents have a home at Maxwelton Beach where she likes to play in the water and fly kites. Organizers say thanks to all those who submitted entries.

Plan to stay for the games after the parade — sack and three-legged races, sprints for various age/gender categories, and an all-comers egg toss. Also, remember to bring some money to buy a $1 souvenir button and food sold by the Maxwelton Community Club to pay for parade costs. The grand marshals will be announced soon.

Free parking will be available in the fields behind Maxwelton Farm and near Dave Mackie Park. Shuttle service from French Road will be available when beach parking is full. One-way road traffic changes will be in effect starting at 11:30 a.m.

Danny Ward will be back this year to play the national anthem. Organizers hope the bagpiper will return, too. Other acoustic music is encouraged.

Volunteer help is welcome and needed. Contact the Community Club at 360-579-2030 or maxweltonclub@whidbey.com for details.

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