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Fourth of July volunteers needed

Join the Parade

Be a part of the Fourth of July parade!

Applications are available at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers are needed to help make the third annual Independence Day party in The Dalles a success.

Nolan Hare, festival director for the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee, said there are positions available for all ages and activity levels, beginning on the morning of July 2 and continuing around the clock through July 15.

Available jobs include: Crowd management, gate security, facilities, hospitality, stage crew, merchandise, overnight security, traffic control, and both setup and teardown.

“There’s a ton of opportunities, and I see it as a cool way for the community to come together and do something unique, and something that we can all be proud of,” said Hare.

People wanting to offer assistance, including students seeking to rack up community service hours, are invited to call 541-370-2966.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing the July 4 parade and put out an alert Wednesday that entry applications are extremely low. The parade takes place at 10 a.m. on July 4, and entries need to have a patriotic theme.

Application forms are available at thedalleschamber.com.

Hare said the fireworks show in The Dalles on July 4 has been confirmed by the Oregon Festival & Event Association and Western Display Fireworks as the biggest exhibition in the state.

He said generous community contributions and donated in-kind services, such as Bernert Barge Line allowing its vessel to be used as the pyrotechnic center, make the show more affordable.

“Because the fireworks are set off on the river, we have enough clearance for 10-inch shells and that makes for a nice display,” he said.

He said Western loves the setting of The Dalles and has made the local celebration its “pet project.” This year, as last, the Canby-based company is donating $20,000 in fireworks for a Veterans’ Day show.

“We are a young organization, we’re learning a lot every time we do this, and we just want to keep making it better for everyone,” said Hare.

He and Randy Haines, a long-time concert promoter, have arranged for Independence Day to kick off with a July 3 performance by Dallas Smith, one of country music’s rising starts. Also taking the stage about 6 p.m. that Sunday at the Lewis & Clark Festival Park will be American Idol’s Britnee Kellogg and Northwest group Brewer’s Grade.

Tickets can be purchased on either the chamber or Fort Dalles Fourth website.

On Monday, July 4, the Rocket Run/Walk on the Riverfront trail begins with registration at 6:30 a.m. and the event at 7.

A community breakfast will be offered from 7 to 10 a.m. at the festival park for a suggested donation of $5.

Pure Yoga is presenting a workout from 9 to 10 a.m. for a suggested donation of $2.

Following the 10 a.m. parade down Sixth Street from Webber to Third and then a turn onto Second at the east end of town, the family fun zone opens in the park. Activities are available until 5 p.m for a recommended donation of $2.

The launch party, which features entertainment by Ty Curtis with Suckerpunch and more, is 6:30 to 10 p.m. for the suggested donation of $2.

Fireworks will be set off in the Columbia near the park about 10 p.m.

People wanting to donate to the show may do so on the Fort Dalles Fourth website.

Businesses and organizations sponsoring the 2016 celebration include: North Wasco County PUD, NW Natural, Y102, Fairfield Inn, Bishop Sanitation, Allstate, Columbia Gorge Affordable Homes, Peterson Mobile Park, Grocery Outlet, Gianino Marble & Granite, Big Jim’s, Hiway House, Bernert Barge, The Dalles Main Street, The Dalles Main Street, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, Cooper West Properties, Optimist Printers, Westwind Frame and Gallery, Kortge Wheat & Cattle and Northwestern Mutual.

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