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Maxwelton Independence Day parade nears

The 99th Maxwelton Community Independence Day parade is just around the corner, and organizers are encouraging entries.

Hosted by members and volunteers of the Maxwelton Community Club, the parade begins at 1 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Maxwelton Beach, Clinton.

Free parking will be available in the fields behind Maxwelton Farm and near Dave Mackie Park, including handicapped access. Shuttle service from The Little Brown Church on French Road is also available, and this year there will be two shuttle buses in operation starting at 11:30 a.m. and returning until 3:30 p.m.

One-way traffic restrictions on Maxwelton and Swede Hill Roads will be in effect on parade day.

There is no parade entry fee and no need to pre-register, but participants are asked to have ready 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 other non-animal types of transport. For safety reasons, non-vintage vehicles are limited to 5,000 pounds GVW [Explorer/Tahoe size]. There is a limit of one entry per political candidate or party.

Games are held after the parade — sack and 3-legged races and an egg toss. Also, $1 souvenir buttons are sold to help pay for parade costs.

For details, call the Community Club at 360-579-2030 or email maxweltonclub@whidbey.com

 

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