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Fourth of July 'Picnic in the Park'

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By The Staff

How about a little 'picnic in the park' for your Fourth of July?

Old fashioned games, music and a reading of the Declaration of Independence are all part of the holiday fun planned at Dade Park, just west of Bushnell on Saturday, July 4th.

It's an event that's going to be "similar to what the city used to do years, ago," said Dade Park manager Bob Baker, who's also coordinating the event.

"I think it's rather significant -especially now," with war in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.

Baker believes the gathering is a way to build spirit and to "give the community a little outlet and break from the economy."

He said he's planning a variety of games including an old fashioned sack race, three-legged race and hay-rolling.

Families, friends, residents and visitors are urged to pack their picnic basket and head out to the Bushnell park. Gates open at 8 a.m. and park entrance fees will be waived in honor State Parks Month and the Fourth of July.

Baker said they also plan to have an outdoor cooking program, using a Dutch oven.

Games are slated to start at 1 p.m., with reading of the Declaration at 2 p.m.

The fourth falls on a Saturday this year, but Baker urges residents to think about next year too - he's planning to make the "Picnic in the Park" an annual event.

For more information, contact the park at 352-793-4781.