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Corrected: Family 4th Fest to kick off with Lions Club breakfast and parade

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Correction on Family 4th Fest Parade grand marshal

A story on the front page of Tuesday’s Chesterton Tribune--announcing the grand marshal of this year’s Family 4th Fest Parade--contained a regrettable error.

The Duneland Business Initiative Group (DBIG), in making the announcement, used last year’s press release template and did not omit the name of the 2017 grand marshal, the late Lewis T. Craig Sr.

DBIG regrets the error, as does the Chesterton Tribune for failing to correct it.

Also, July 4th is Wednesday, not Tuesday. We regret that error, too.

Posted 6/27/2018


There will be a lot of fun available 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 will kick off at 9 a.m. from Yost School, and travel 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 the Turtle Derby registration, for kids up to 16 years of age. The first heat is at 11 a.m., in the 79th Annual Lions Club Turtle Derby. 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. Duck Race tickets will be on sale at the fest up until the very last minute! Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Proceeds support community projects.

At 2 p.m. Kids 5-16 years are invited to compete for prizes in the Hot Dog Eating Contest by Hot Diggity Dawg. There is a $3 entry fee -- register by 1:45 p.m.! Contest and waiver form is available to download at:

Kids of all ages will have fun playing free games from Noon -1 p.m.; Brick Toss, for all ages, from 3-5 p.m., early registration at 2 p.m. The patriotic poster contest runs from 1-2 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, 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 6/26/2018




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