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June 26, 2012
MONMOUTH -- The 2012 Monmouth Fourth of July Festival will kick off Tuesday in Main Street Park.
This year's event is just a two-day affair due to Independence Day falling on a Wednesday -- but it's not short of fun activities and patriotic flare.
The festival opens at noon Tuesday with vendors, bounce houses for the kids, and a beer and wine garden for the grown-ups.
A tribute to World War II veterans will take place at 5 p.m., with a performance by The Girls From Company B, a Salem-based trio singing 1940s-era songs. Veterans in the audience will be asked to stand and be recognized during the concert.
The Monmouth Senior Center on Warren Street will host a chili feed beginning at 5 p.m.
Willamette Valley Concert Band and the Reconstituted Monmouth-Independence Town Band take the stage at 7 p.m. for a traditional patriotic performance and will play until the festival closes for the night at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, the festival at Main Street Park reopens at 9 a.m. with the local Farm and Craft Market joining the vendors and bounce houses to start the day.
A classic car show begins at 10 a.m. and at noon a military equipment display opens.
The ever-popular Mini Marathon hits the street at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Children's Parade at 11:35 a.m. and the main event, the Grand Parade at noon.
The Ben Rice Band takes the stage at 1:15 p.m., just after the parade concludes. The festival continues until 7 p.m. with karaoke in the park at 4 p.m. and a preview of the Western Oregon University drama department's summer performance at 6 p.m.