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Okabena plans July 4 celebration

OKABENA -- A variety of events will be going down in Okabena on July 4, including a parade, open house, family games, live music, fireworks and more.DJ Corey Paplow will play music from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Blood Brothers will perform from 6 to 10...

OKABENA - A variety of events will be going down in Okabena on July 4, including a parade, open house, family games, live music, fireworks and more.
DJ Corey Paplow will play music from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Blood Brothers will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Okabena Municipal Liquor Store.

Schedule:

11:30 a.m.: Sign up for the Kiddie Peddle Pull

12-2 p.m.: Open House at the Old Cafeteria in the Heron Lake-Okabena School to celebrate its 100th year.

2:15 p.m.: Kiddie Parade

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2:30 p.m.: Independence Parade

5 p.m.: Slowest tractor contest on Main Street

6:30 p.m.: Movie Night in the school’s old gym
10 p.m.:  Fireworks at sundown, followed by raffle drawings

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