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Enjoy the 4th at Lake Isabel Park

A tradition for East Hastings and the rest of the community is set to go again this year on Sunday, July 4.

The annual East Hastings Improvement Association Fourth of July celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday at Lake Isabel Park. The day is filled with food, music, games, drawings, and a silent auction with all the proceeds designated for the restoration of Lake Isabel.

There have been improvements in the lake in recent years, most noticeably one two years ago. A wooden pier with a fishing dock was built on the lake, and an entrance to the area, along with the parking lot, was paved. A small portion of the lake was dredged.

The East Hastings Improvement Association contributed $10,000 toward the project - the city footed much of the bill. The money has been generated through a number of fundraisers in the past years, including the Fourth of July celebration. An ongoing aluminum can collections brings in some funds.

This year's celebration begins with the presentation of the colors and flag raising at 9 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 534, under the leadership of Shawn Moynihan, will present the colors. Pete Likes will sing the national anthem, Mayor Paul Hicks will give the welcome and 1st ward City Council member Tony Alongi will also speak.

"We got everything for a family event," said celebration chair Ken Macheska.

That includes a return appearance by the Fenders who come from Grantsburg. The crowd loved them last year.

"They will sing, perform whatever you want," said Macheska.

If the music makes you hungry, there will be hot dogs, brats, pork cutlets, tacos and popcorn. The organization has organized a bake sale for goods to eat in the park and/or take home.

Throughout the day, there will be a silent auction on a number of donated items.

"We have some real crafty people here," he said. "People can place their bids on the items until the end of the day.

"We'll also be selling our tickets for the raffle until about 4 p.m.," said Macheska. This year's prizes are $300, $200 and $100 cash. Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes.

The East Hastings Improvement Association has sponsored the celebration on the 4th for a number of years. For many more years, it has collected aluminum cans to raise funds for the lake's restoration.

The association has done, and continues to its part, to help with the restoration, and for improvements in the park. The flagpole was dedicated last year.

"People talk about the lake being here (on the east side)," said Macheska. "But it is for everyone."