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Getting ready to celebrate

Parade and fireworks to highlight annual Williams celebration

June 30, 2011
Teresa Wood - Correspondent ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

WILLIAMS - The Williams Lions Club will host the 60th annual Fourth of July celebration on Monday.

The traditional community church service at Rose Grove Church has been canceled this year due to the condition of the building, said Don D. Williams, event chairman.

A regular church service will be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

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The Williams Little Princesses reigned over the parade in 2010. Last year’s princesses were Mackenzie Grady, Kaylee Oskvig, Makiah Ricke, Natasha Venner, Faith Anderson, Elizabeth Warner, Jaislyn Timm, Cheyenne Carter, Charli Anderson, Makyenzie Dilley, Adalie Schwandt and Leigha Walterman.

On Independence Day, Don W. and Donna Williams will serve as the grand marshals of the parade which begins at 10 a.m.

"We encourage everyone to get to town by 9:30 a.m.," said Don D. Williams of the well-attended event. "Traffic is backed up to the interstate for this popular parade."

Leaning Tree Cattle Dogs, a crowd favorite, will return this year for the parade, he said. Then in the city park at noon, Wayne Bamber and Debbie Meier and their trained canines will present a working dog demonstration.

In addition to kiddie games to be held in the city park, the duck pond, miniature golf and Frisbee spin art will benefit the Williams Relay for Life, reports Williams.

The Caruth Antique Tractor display will be located on County Road R75 throughout the day. Antique tractor games will be held at 2 p.m.

Other events throughout town include the Hemken Collection Museum which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the American Legion Veterans Museum which will be open July 2, 3 and 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 633.

The evening events begin with the Little Princess contest at 7:30 p.m.

The Lions Club cash drawings will be held at 8 p.m., said Williams. Ten $25 cash prizes will be awarded followed by the $500 Grand Prize drawing.

The highlight of the evening is the firework display at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The Lions Club takes great pride in presenting a safe, family-oriented event, said Williams.

"We like to be able to have people come and bring their kids and turn them loose," said Williams. "It's a pretty safe and patriotic place to be."



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