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Family fun at Hawthorne Park on the Fourth of July

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There will be lots of fun at this year’s Family 4th Fest on Tuesday, 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.

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 will go along Beam St. to Lincoln, then to Hageman and into Hawthorne 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. Porter Fire Chief Lewis T. Craig, Sr., is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.

At 10 a.m. the Lions Club will begin the 78th annual Turtle Derby registration, for 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 1st place $275, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $150. Entry is free. No snapping turtles, please!

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.

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.

There will be bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for toddlers. The patriotic poster contest runs from 1-2 p.m.

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 will go from 3-6 p.m., with live music by the Duneside Classic Rewind 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, Renee Vasquez, and the many volunteers for helping make this event a success.


Posted 6/21/2017





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