ON THE EVE OF CELEBRATION

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
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Uncle Sam (Dale Honeck) offers a patriotic sticker to Jona Baltzer.

Councilor Len Coryea grills hot dogs with assistance from Willis and Marilyn Ensz.

Children line up for the start of a sack race. Sisters Jodi Stutzman and Jaime Warkentin organized several games for the children, and, to kick off the evening, sang the national anthem.

Jonah Kliewer directs a men’s chorus in patriotic song. The Schniggle-fritz Band and Bob & the Boys also performed.

Decked out in red, white and blue, “The Dalke Grandchildren” were named the winning entry in the children’s parade.

Abe Lincoln (State Rep. Don Dahl) re-delivered his famous Gettysburg address. Mayor Delores Dalke spoke on the Declaration of Independence.

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