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Family 4th Fest in Hawthorne Park following 4th of July parade

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There will be a lot on offer at this year’s Family 4th Fest on Wednesday, July 4, in Hawthorne Park, Porter.

Start the day at 7 a.m. with a delicious Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for only $6. Breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m.

Next, line up for the 4th of July parade through downtown Porter and right into Hawthorne Park. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from Yost School, and travels along Beam St. to Lincoln, then to Hageman and into the park where it ends. Families are encouraged to dress-up in red, white and blue, decorate bikes, wagons, strollers and walk in the parade as a family unit.

At 10 a.m. the Lions Club will begin registration for the 79th annual Turtle Derby, open to kids up to 16 years of age. The first heat is at 11 a.m. The top three winners will each receive a trophy and cash prize. Entry is free. No snapping turtles, please!

Immediately following the Turtle Derby, the new Lions Club drinking fountain will be dedicated. The new drinking fountain is located near the community building and playground.

At 1 p.m. the winning duckies will be pulled in the Lions Club Annual Duck Race. Tickets will be on sale until the very last minute! Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Proceeds support community projects.

At 2 p.m. kids age 5-16 are invited to compete for prizes in the Hot Dog Eating Contest by Hot Diggity Dawg. There is a $3 entry fee Š register by 1:45 p.m.

Kids of all ages will have fun playing free games from Noon -1 p.m.; Brick Toss, for all ages, is from 3-5 p.m., early registration at 2 p.m. The patriotic poster contest runs from 1-2:30 p.m. There will be bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for toddlers.

Food vendors include Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Hot Diggity Dogs, Moon’s Kettle Corn & SnoCones, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, and Dorie’s Elephant Ears, Lemonade Shake-ups, Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Burgers, Deep Fried Ravioli and more. Karaoke goes from 3-6 p.m., and live music by Hard Knocks from 6-11 p.m. Kick back and relax in the Leroy’s Hot Stuff beer garden. There will be a fireworks show set to patriotic music at dusk. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray.

The Duneland Business Initiative Groups extends special thanks to the Porter Parks Department, Towns of Porter and Chesterton, Chesterton Lions Club, Leroy’s Hot Stuff, L.A. Bell, Shelton’s Fireworks, Charles Welter, and the many volunteers for helping make this event a success.


Posted 6/29/2018




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