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Rain clears for morning events at Hancock.

The Hancock youth baseball league all star game was played July 4 after showers had passed through the town earlier that morning. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 4
Members of the Hancock Lions discuss the weather before the start of the annual Page Lake 5k. Lightning caused the Lions to cancel this year's July 4 race. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 4
Community Development Bank in Hancock sponsored the annual kids coin dig July 4 in the Hancock School playground. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times3 / 4
Firefighter Kyle Rose loads pancakes on a plate held by firefighter Mike Kratz on the morning of July 4 in Hancock for the annual fire department pancake feed. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times4 / 4

The rain cleared at mid-morning July 4 for Hancock's annual July 4 celebration.

The annual Hancock youth baseball league all star game and a coin dig for kids were held during the late morning.

As of 11:30 a.m., the kiddie parade slated for 1 p.m. and the main parade slated for 1:30 p.m. were still on for scheduled times.

The morning's annual Lions Club Page Lake 5k was canceled because of lightning.

"If it was just raining I don't think that would have stopped anybody," Lions Club member Dennis Jepma, "But lightning..."

Several Lions and diners at the annual Hancock Fire Department pancake feed couldn't recall the last time a July 4 event had been canceled.

Despite some challenges, even the parade has been held each year, Lion Barry Nelson said.

He recalled that one year a storm on the prior night knocked out power to Hancock. "The power was back on an hour before the parade started," Nelson said.

"We've never had it and I've been involved 12 years," Lion Joel Flaten said of cancelling the parade.

"The tornado siren (sounded) right after the parade was over one year," Nelson said.

The two Lions said the morning weather was discouraging but by shortly after 11 a.m., the afternoon forecast was encouraging.

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