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Parade is scheduled for July 18

Everyone loves a parade, and in particular, the Rivertown Days parade. This year's grande parade begins at noon Sunday, July 18.

The parade route is about 1 and one-half mile long and is from 10th and Tyler streets to Second Street, and then west to Eddy Street. The units will disband at Wilson Park.

The deadline for units is Friday, June 25. Only 100 entries will be accepted, with preference given to floats. Vehicles not pulling floats must be decorated. Confirmation letters will be sent June 30. For the business/commercial/political entries, the fee is $150 per unit for vehicles. For Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce members in this category, the fee is $50. For the charitable organizations/churches/queen/pageant/festival promotion units, the fee is $25. For Hastings Chamber members in this category, there is no charge.

For more information, contact the Chamber

office at 437-6775

or send an e-mail to

Other confirmed events for the annual festival, sponsored by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce are a teen night at the Hastings Family Aquatic Center, canoe birding tours, police canine demonstrations, a co-ed kittenball tournament, arts and crafts fair at Levee Park and an appearance by the Disc Dogs.

One of the new activities is the Fishing for Life Trout Pond, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 16; from 11 am. To 9 p.m. Saturday, July 17; and at noon Sunday, July 18, at Jaycee Park.

In this activity, the participants of all ages fish for tout for seven minutes. If they catch a tagged trout, they win a prize. Participants can either choose to take their catch home and cook it or they can learn how to clean their catch and then have it cooked right there.

Fishing for Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth through various fishing programs. A $3 donation is suggested to fish.