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4th festivities help Oso; Kiwanis live auction at 10:30 a.m.
ARLINGTON – The Arlington Fourth of July has a long day of events set for Friday, starting at 7 a.m. with a pancake breaking and running until 9 p.m. or so at dark with the Independence Day fireworks. Many of the events will benefit victims of the Oso mudslide.
The breakfast runs until 10 a.m. at Haller Park. Cost is $5.
The Pedal, Paddle and Puff Triathlon starts at Haller Park at 8 a.m. with registration. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Contestants or teams ride bicycles, paddle a kayak or canoe, and run. Proceeds will benefit those displaced by the Oso mudslide. The bike portion is just 5.8 miles along Highway 530. Participants then row six miles down the Stillaguamish River back to Haller Park. Runners then race one mile down Centennial Trail, then turn around and come back. Total distance is 15.8 miles. Categories are: Family, Local, Open, Ironwoman and Ironman. Cost is $30 for individuals, $60 for teams.
The Kiwanis Auction then takes place at Haller Park. There will be silent auctions at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., with a live auction at 10:30. That time was listed incorrectly in the newspaper's special section June 28. Kiwanis runs the event to support high school students through Dollars for Scholars. All kinds of items are auctioned off, including furniture, gift baskets, tickets, products and gift certificates.
At Legion Park, running from noon to 4 p.m., there will be a Kids Carnival, along with apple pie from the Lions Club.
The events then move to Olympic Avenue for the Kiddies Parade at 4:30 p.m., and the Grand Parade at 5 p.m.
Kiddies, age 12 and younger, register at 3:30 p.m. at 210 Division St. The event usually has about 100 entrants each year. The three themes featured most often are "Costumes," "Patriotic" and "Wheels."
Six grand marshals will lead the big parade, all heroes from the Oso slide disaster. They are: Barbara Tolbert, Arington mayor; Dan Rankin, Darrington mayor; Willie Harper, Oso fire chief; Travis Hots, Arlington rural fire chief; Bruce Stedman, Arlington fire chief; and Dennis Fenstermaker, Darrington fire chief.
The 119th big parade also often features marching bands, floats, football teams and dance squads. Usually there are about 100 entrants. To register, go to the Public Utility District at 210 Division St. between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. A $25 fee is charged to commercial entries and $100 for political entries, but all others may register for free.
Back at Haller Park at 7:30 p.m. the Great Stilly Duck Dash will take place. The winner gets $5,000. Money raised will go to Rotary charities, including $10,000 to the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. "A Buck Per Duck" also will go to people impacted by the Oso slide. Cost is $5 for one duck or four for $20.
The Fireworks Display will take place at dark at Quake Park. The chamber puts on the show, which will last from 20 to 30 minutes.