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Laporte moves Fourth to July 6-7

Speedsters race down the hill on Second Street from Laporte Community Bible Church to the town park during the soap box derby on Saturday afternoon.1 / 2
A member of the equestrian group in the Laporte Independence Days parade invites children in the crowd to pet his horse. Parade organizer Jessica Howg said she was impressed by the large turnout for Saturday's parade. (Photos by Robin Fish/Enterprise)2 / 2

The Fourth of July moved to a hot, sunny Friday and Saturday for Laporte Independence Days.

In addition to an open-air craft and flea market both days and a volleyball tournament Friday night at 3rd Base Bar and Grill, the celebration included an all-day lineup of events on Saturday.

Attractions included a 5K walk/run, sponsored by Lakeport Emergency Medical Responders; a pancake breakfast at the Laporte Community Bible Church; an open house, pork feed and silent auction at the Lakeport Fire Department; a bounce house, velcro wall and sand pile for children along the Paul Bunyan State Trail; a cornhole tournament at Popple Bar & Grill; a "Cow-a-Bunga" raffle featuring a cow named Oscar, whose poop picked the winning number; bingo, a meat raffle, a community pie social, and fireworks at dusk.

The Lions Club sold concessions, had a silent auction and raffled off 130 prizes. Hubbard County Soil and Water District offered well-water nitrate testing throughout Saturday morning.

The roads feeding into Second Street closed intermittently during the afternoon while 43 children, ages 4 and older, participated in this year's soap box derby. It was the seventh or eighth year for the event, using cars owned by the city. Each group of approximately four racers was greeted with prizes at the bottom of the hill, with a shiny medal going to the winner of each race.

Live music was provided by the AcoustHicks throughout the evening at the town park.

The Laporte Independence Days parade featured an American Legion and Legion Auxiliary color guard, the Lakeport Fire Department and EMR, the Lions Club, Little Miss Cass Lake Adriana Leecy, both candidates for Hubbard County sheriff, water cannons, horseback riders, a remote-control car and more.

Also in the parade, a boat with a tattered sail advertised an upcoming Vacation Bible School program titled "Shipwrecked." Grand marshal was Gary Lindahl, recognized for his 42 years of continuous volunteer service to the fire department.

Parade organizer Jessica Howg said she was impressed by the large crowd that gathered for the parade.