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Crowds turn out for Sahalee Park events

by: HOLLY M. GILL - The historic Wells Fargo Stagecoach, at left, was the winner of Best Use of Theme and Mayor's Choice in the Fourth of July parade on Friday. The parade, which had the theme 'Jefferson County: Celebrating 100 Years,' was one of the biggest in recent history, with 77 entries (counting Car Club as one entry), and taking 55 minutes, according to the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.Perhaps the longest parade in the county's history took off on Friday, July 4, drawing crowds to Sahalee Park for Independence Day activities.

A total of 77 entries were included in the parade, according to Helen Houts, of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, who pointed out that the number didn't include all of the antique and classic cars, which were counted as one entry.

The parade, with the theme "Jefferson County — Celebrating 100 Years," lasted 55 minutes and concluded with fire trucks spraying water on warm parade-goers. Afterwards, festivities continued with booths, activities and music in the park.

by: TOM BROWN - The evening fireworks display produced colorful displays.Award winners for the parade were: Best Use of Theme — Wells Fargo Stagecoach and horses, first place, and Jefferson County Band in Jim’s Livery, second; Commissioner’s Best Float — Madras United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, first, and Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, second; Best Nonmotorized — Miss NPRA Kayla Vincent, first, and Jefferson County Rodeo Court, second place; Best Motorized — Jim Kendall Trucking, first, and Ron Alley of Model T Bums, second; Best Kid’s Entry — Patriotic Tittle Kids, first, and La Luna Folkloric Dancers, second; and Mayor’s Best of Show — Wells Fargo Stagecoach and Horses and Madras Wells Fargo Bank.

The day's activities were topped off by the annual Madras Sparklers fireworks show, which started at 10 p.m., from Madras High School.

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