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The July 4 parade had more than 100 entries this year, and lasted for more than an hour.

PHOTO BY TOM BROWN - The Madras Sparkler's Fireworks show lasted about a half-hour, as residents and visitors alike all across town gathered in parking lots, at Madras High School, in private yards and public spaces to enjoy the bright end to a packed day.
This year's Fourth of July parade broke all the local records for number of entries and length, and likely for attendance.

"Of all the parades I've done with the Jefferson County Fair, as well as with the Chamber, this is the longest parade I've ever been associated with," said Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, who has been involved with the parade since the early 1980s, when it was the county fair parade.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Marian and Jon Granby sport flags and bows on their 1930 Model A Ford entered in the parade, which had more than 100 entries this year, a record number.
"We had over 100 entries," he said, noting that Fourth of July parades usually have 60-70 entries.

"I heard a lot of comments from the parade entries that they saw a lot more people all the way around the whole route, from the start to the end — all the way down to E Street," said Krenowicz.

With the 100-plus entries, naturally the parade took longer than usual. "It was an hour and five minutes," he said, adding that parades typically run for 30-40 minutes.

"The highlight was three World War II aircraft that left the Erickson Aircraft Collection going to another show and flew over the parade," he said. The aircraft, a P-38 Lightning, P-47D Thunderbolt, and an F6F Hellcat, were headed to a Fourth of July air show in Hollister, California.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Lawrence Doughty, 1, and his sister, Natalie Doughty, 2, take in the sights and sounds of a Fourth of July parade, while nearby their parents, Raelea and Britt, and Mavrik, Lawrence's twin brother, enjoy the parade, as well."I couldn't have timed it better; they came over right at the end of the parade," said Krenowicz.

Although he had no estimate for the size of the crowd, he believes it was the biggest ever for the parade. "The crowd was a lot larger and remained a lot longer into the afternoo," Krenowicz said. "I believe the credit goes to the splash park, which kept kids active and mom and dad able to enjoy the music and have a nice lunch."

Awards for entries in the parade had not been announced by press time Tuesday afternoon.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - A water truck, entered in the parade, cooled off residents as it drove by, spraying water and leaving some spectators running to keep from getting wet.


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