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Arlington celebrates Fourth of July


Christopher Andersson

Cascade Valley Senior Living brought some patriotic rides to Olympic Avenue as part of this year's Fourth of July Grand Parade.

The city of Arlington held their Fourth of July Frontier Days celebration across the entire day, with parades and many activities for families.

Usually one of the biggest days for the town, this year was filled with annual traditions like the Pedal Paddle, Puff Triathlon, the pancake breakfast, the Kiwanis Auctions, the Fourth of July Kiddies Parade, Grand Parade, fireworks at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Old Fashioned Carnival activities at Legion Park and Rotary's Duck Dash.

The Kiddies Parade and Grand Parade marched down Olympic Avenue in the afternoon.

The hour long Grand Parade included local school groups, trucks and equipment from many local businesses and other organizations coming through downtown.

"The parade is awesome, we've come the past couple years," said local parent Kyle Scott, who said that the parades are good family fun.

"It's just a family environment. We have the little guy here and he loves seeing all the trucks and tractors pass through," he said.

Local Priscilla Baker had her chairs out on Olympic Avenue to reserve her space two days before the Fourth of July.

"We love [the parade] because we have the Arlington spirit," she said.

"I like the spirit of the town and it's just a lot of fun. We feel one with the town and the surrounding communities so we just love that," she said.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce presented this year's parade.

At Legion Park in the afternoon, Arlington's Lifeway Foursquare Church hosted this year's Old Fashioned Carnival.

Many kids activities, including pony rides, rock wall climbing, ring tosses and face painting were held at the park.

"It's our first time here, but it's great," said Marysville resident Kevin Champine, who said he wanted to "get out and try something different" this Fourth of July.

"It's fun to see the community come together," he said.

Local parent Heidi Wilmott also said it was an enjoyable carnival.

"So far it's fun," she said, "not too crowded, just hot today."

Haller Park was also full of events, beginning in the morning with the Kiwanis auction, which helps raise funds for scholarships that are given to local students.

"The auction went well this year. Not quite as much as we made last year, but it still went pretty well," said Kiwanis member Jim Chase. “we appreciate all those who came out and look forward to seeing everyone next year as well,” he said.

The Arlington Runners Club also presented their Pedal, Paddle and Puff race in the morning, and new this year was the introduction of a FOAM 5k, where participants get to run through fun as part of the race.

Later in the evening the club pulled out their foam machine for families at Arlington Rotary's Duck Dash as well.

The event is the local Rotary Club's annual fundraiser, which helps provide money to local organizations like the Arlington Boys & Girls Club or the Stillaguamish Senior Center, among others.

Hundreds of ducks travelled down the Stillaguamish River as part of the event. Each duck corresponding to a ticket number.

This year there was one $5,000 winner, five $1,000 winners and 10 $100 winers.

In previous years the Duck Dash funds have helped fund the $1.2 million splash pad planned for Haller Park, and the playground equipment installations.

"A year from now there is going to be a splash pad going on right here with kids playing and jumping through the water, and it's because of everyone one of your that contributed to Duck Dash," said Arlington Rotary member Dale Duskin.

Duskin said that the improvements to Haller Park have made it a more friendly place for Arlington families.

Christopher Andersson

The Arlington High School Neobots club leads the Arlington Fourth of July Grand Parade as this year's parade marshals.

"Ten years ago, you would not want to be down in this park. It was not a good place to be. And all we did was bring good things in and bad things left," he said.

This year's Duck Dash chairman and Rotary member Paul Ellis said that the Duck Dash helps honor all the donations from the community.

"You raised money for our community and we're here to celebrate that," he said.

As night settled in families came down to Quake Field at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club to take in the free fireworks show.

Many families were excited to have a public show to come to locally.

"This is the first time we've been able to come since [my daughter] was born, so we wanted to show her the fireworks," said local parent Jen Griffith.


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