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Hancock's traditional 4th of July events are day earlier this year

The Hancock Lions are once again preparing for the 4th of July celebration, but this year the events will be a day earlier.

Most of this year's 4th of July events will be on Saturday, July 3.

The Lions are encouraging parade participants to decorate using the red, white and blue colors along with flags to go with this year's theme, "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue."

There will be some special music events on Friday evening. At Inn Like Flinn's, Kim Wolf DJ will play music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Buddies Bar and Grill will also have music featuring Joy Ride‚ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m..

Events on the Fourth will start at 7 a.m. with the Firemen Relief Association annual pancake breakfast at the Hancock Community Center. Serving ends at 9:30 a.m.

While they are serving up the food, the Lions Club members will be rounding up the runners and walkers for the 5K Run/Walk around Page Lake. Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Contact Troy Hausman at (320) 392-5825 to register. Prizes will be awarded in several age categories.

Another traditional event, the Little League All-Star Game, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Little League field near the school.

During the game and several of the other events, the Hancock Lions Club will have its popcorn wagon open for business. Profits from these sales help defray the cost of the celebration.

At about noon an extended food court will be set up at the Water Tower Park. The West Central Cattlemen and Horton 4-H will be grilling, and Buddies will also have a booth. Ice cream treats will be available in front of the Congregational Church. Thrivent will also have an ice cream stand.

Children will be able to play on inflatibles set up at the Water Tower Park, with the Hancock girls basketball team providing supervision.

Also in the downtown area the annual Kiddie Parade will be organizing. Children who wish to be part of the Kiddie Parade should meet at the Water Tower Park at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m. There is no need to register.

The main parade will start at 1:30 p.m. and follow the same route as in past years. Entries can be reserved by contacting Dennis Schroeder at (320) 392-5989 or Joel Flaten at (320) 392-5109.

During the parade KJH Builders will be handing out registration forms for a playhouse give-away. Entries should be turned in following the parade and finalists will be drawn after the parade. The winner will be announced following the Prairie Pioneer Days parade on July 11. Tickets are free and you need not be present to win.

Following the parade, several special events will be taking place:

•The traditional tractor pull starts at 3 p.m. near Trico.

•Bingo at the Community Center from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Volleyball tournament at Buddies Bar and Grill. Sign up at Buddies either before or after the parade.

•The annual hotdog eating contest at 8 p.m. at Buddies. The winner of the contest will be awarded a DVD player. Sign up at Buddies.

•Street dance at Inn Like Flinn's, featuring the music of "Electric Almighty‚" from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

• Rounding out the day will be the traditional Hancock fireworks at dusk at the ball park.