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Maxwelton gears up for parade

It’s almost time for the 97th 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. Wednesday, July 4, at Maxwelton Beach, Clinton.

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. There is no fee and no need to pre-register. Registrants should bring a short description of their entry for the announcer to read.

Entries promoting a political candidate or party are limited to one entry per candidate or party. There are restrictions on size of non-vintage vehicles. Inquiries about unusual entries and vehicles are welcome. A bagpipe entry is needed; contact the organizers.

As usual there will be free parking and shuttle service to and from the site. In return, parade-goers are asked to buy a $1 souvenir button, become a member of the Community Club, and patronize the food concession stand. Volunteer help is welcome, too. Contact the club at 579-2030 or maxweltonclub@whidbey.com.

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