ARLINGTON – The only thing more fun on the Fourth of July than fireworks is foam.
At least that’s what it seemed like at Haller Park today.
Kids of all ages ran through a foam machine while competing in a 5K run and a triathlon. But when those weren’t going on kids of all ages still were playing around the contraption with smiles from ear to ear.
One of the bubble lovers was Charlie Tucker, 3, who was there with her mom Felicia.
The Pancake Breakfast, put on as a fundraiser by Youth Dynamics, was popular, as it ran out of sausage near the end of its four-hour event. Money raised goes to club programs.
The Kiwanis silent and live auctions also were a hit, with people bidding on items like dining and staying at the Angel of the Winds hotel to a used bicycle to golf packages to restaurant dinners to oil changes to so much more. Money raised goes to scholarships for graduates in Lakewood and Arlington.
Action then moved to Legion Park at noon, with the Frontier Days Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. Kids got to play a variety of old-style games, mostly for free.
Jeremiah Gutierrez, 4, of Arlington tried bowling at a booth where his mom was volunteering for the sponsoring Lifeway Church.
At another booth, Brandan Klemm of Lake Stevens helped 6-year-old daughter Nikalai Big-house Madison aim a plastic gun that fired foam bullets at targets.
Also there was a bouncy house, photo booth and more games, along with pony rides for $5 and food also for sale.
That event continues until the Kiddies Parade at 4:30, followed by the Grand Parade at 5 p.m., both on Olympic Avenue downtown.
Back at Haller Park, the Duck Dash takes place at 7:30 p.m. The winner gets $10,000. Tickets are five for $20 or $5 each. Those funds also go toward Rotary scholarships for many local schools.
The Stilly Beer and Wine Garden will be open there until 9 p.m.