Northwest NEWS

June 29, 1998

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Independence Day!

Eastside celebrations abound


   Carnation will be celebrating its 13th annual "Good Old-Fashioned Fourth of July" with an array of family-oriented events and activities to please everyone, including parades, carnival rides, a pancake breakfast, food and vendor booths, live music and a fireworks display.
  
   Come celebrate America's 222nd birthday party and enjoy the sights and sounds of The Fourth where it all began--in rural America.
  
   The three-day event begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with a carnival at Carnation Tree Farm, followed on Friday by an all-day carnival and street fair at Remlinger Farms, a spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m. at the senior center and a street dance from 8-12 p.m. and Saturday with day-long activities.
  
   Run for the Pies
   The "Run for the Pies" 5K and fun walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Certified by the USA Track & Field Assn. and officially timed by Moving Legs, the race has attracted runners from as far away as California.
  
   The first three finishers in age/gender division will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal along with a "Remlinger Farms" pie gift certificate. Random prizes provided by local area businesses will be drawn for the fun walk participants.
  
   Participants are encouraged to feast on a spaghetti dinner the night before the race at the Sno-Valley Senior Center.
  
   Since this is a 4th of July celebration, runners are encouraged to wear red, white and blue or dress in patriotic costume. Day-of-Race registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the designated registration booth located near the starting line.
  
   Those who register at any one of the designated "In-Store Pre-Registration" locations will receive their official shirts and race numbers at the time they register.
  
   For information, call Paulette (Race Director/Chairman) at 425-333-6246.
  
   Parades
   After the race, Tolt Congregational Church will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The main event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tolt Avenue with a Kiddie Parade, as local darlings display their creative decorating talents using (you guessed it!) Red, White and Blue. The Grand Parade follows with marching bands, drill teams, dancing floats and horse-drawn floats, antique vehicles, the Seattle Chinese Drill Team and this year's Queen and her Court.
  
   Inner tube race
   At 2 p.m., the fourth Great Fourth of July Inner Tube Race will begin. Conducted along a 1.5-mile stretch of the Tolt River, the racecourse consists of a mixture of light rapids and slow moving waters.
  
   The race is open to men and women sixteen years of age and older. Entrants are encouraged to be creative, but no motors are allowed, and only automotive type inner tubes may be used. There are four classes: Men 16 to 40; Men over 40; Women 16 to 40; Women over 40.
   The race is being sponsored again by Discount Tire.
  
   Entrants will receive a race T-shirt while supplies last. Bring your own inner tube or purchase one from Discount Tire at the starting line, at the end of 329th Street.
  
   An 8.5x20 (or larger) truck inner tube is recommended. Recommendations also include sneakers or aqua shoes, long sleeve shirt, life jacket and kayak or bicycle helmet. A thirst for adventure and a sense of humor are a must. Entry is $12 for pre-registration or $15 on race day.
  
   For more information contact E. Steve Collins at 425-884-9555.
  
   Hot rods and Harleys
   After the parade, check out the Hot Rods and Harleys show. Look for these American Muscle Cars and more at the Carnation Elementary School parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   Carnation shopkeepers celebrate our country's birthday by decorating with the colors and patterns of Old Glory. The winner will have the opportunity to display a beautiful wood carving of two eagles for the entire year.
  
   The day's celebration is wrapped up in a beautiful display of "Rocket's Red Glare." The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. at Tolt Middle School.
  
   For a full schedule, see the Events section of this newspaper.
  
   More fireworks and events
   In Woodinville, free shuttle buses begin their runs at 6 p.m. from the Woodinville Park & Ride on 140th Ave. NE to the Chateau Ste. Michelle amphitheater for an evening of entertainment.
   Music begins at 6:30 p.m. The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., followed by children's entertainment. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and at the winery. Children's activities at a cost of $2 will be available. Fireworks will blast off at 10:30 p.m.
  
   In Bothell, a street dance is scheduled for July 3 from 7-10 p.m. across from City Hall.
   On July 4, parades begin at 11:30 a.m. next to the Post Office. A narration and re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington is set for 2 p.m. across from City Hall. At 2:30 p.m. Sammamish Sublimation will present a Community Band Concert, also across from City Hall.