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Arlington celebrates Fourth of July


Christopher Andersson

Participants in the grand parade during Arlington's Fourth of July celebrations.

Arlington community groups helped organize events throughout the Fourth of July as part of Arlington's annual celebration.

Haller Park was bustling with activities in the morning with the annual Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon and pancake breakfast events.

"The pancake breakfast was great this year," said Jessica Ronhaar, director of the Arlington/Stanwood Youth Dynamics.

Youth Dynamics has run the breakfast for the past three years.

"We wanted to take it over to keep the tradition going since the firemen decided they couldn't do it anymore. We felt like that it was good to keep it going in the city and good to get our Youth Dynamics volunteers out here doing something," she said.

Haller Park also hosted the Arlington Kiwanis' annual auction, one of their largest fundraisers.

The auction raises funds for the Kiwanis' scholarships. They gave eight scholarships this year to students graduating from the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts.

"We had some great items from area merchants. Our members not only went out and asked for donations, but many of us made up baskets and purchased items to go in the auction," said Sherri Phelps, Arlington Kiwanis member.

The club also recognized George Boulton, a long-time leader of the club who recently passed away, and announced that they would be naming their scholarships after him.

"This community is George and George was this community. It's an honor for us to put his name on them and to give the scholarships in his name," said Phelps.

In the afternoon in downtown Arlington there were a number of activities for children and families.

The carnival at Legion Park hosted a number of games and activities for kids and the Kiddies Parade and Grand Parade down Olympic Avenue featured more than 70 groups.

"We live in Arlington so we figured that we could come down and check it out," said local parent Laurine Palntilla. "So far, so good."

Children enjoy the parades which come through the downtown, with many of the floats throwing candy to the children.

"When they were younger they got the candy, and now they feel like they are old enough to throw out the candy, and that's their favorite thing about the parade," said local parent Cody Fay.

Fay said he enjoyed the many activities throughout Arlington.

"After we do the pancake breakfast in the morning and the 5K run, then we go home and decorate for the Kiddies Parade," he said.

Later in the day at Haller Park hundreds of rubber ducks are released into the Stillaguamish River as part of the Arlington Rotary's Duck Dash, their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"I think it was excellent. We had a great turnout and raised a lot of money. We raised over $85,000 just in ticket sales," said Simona Devries, an Arlington Rotary member who was the chairperson for this year's Duck Dash.

Christopher Andersson

Elijah Fay, right, and Sophie Fay participate in the Kiddies Parade during Arlington's Fourth of July events.

Those funds go to local nonprofit organizations like the Arlington Kids Kloset or the Stillaguamish Senior Center, and to projects like the recent Haller Park splash pad.

"It's so important to thank our sponsors. They're the ones that make it so that 100 percent of the money is spent on the community," said Arlington Rotary member Dale Duskin.

This year's biggest sponsor was Dwayne Lane's.

Arlington's Fourth of July ended at Quake Field with a fireworks display.

"We've been down here for the last couple of years, they put on a pretty good show," said local parent Amy Thorne.

"It's nice for the girls to come down here and play a little bit before they watch the fireworks," she said.


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