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Cali Sjolander waves her flag and checks behind her as she waits for the floats in the main parade July 4 in Hancock. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 7
Fireworks ended the annual July 4 celebration in Hancock. Sue Dieter/Stevens County Times3 / 7
Parker Krupke digs for coins in the Community Development Bank coin dig. RAe Yost/Stevens County Times4 / 7
The Little Miss Hancock Court. From left, Little Miss Hancock Diana Rodriguez, first runner up Haylee Flaten, candidate Kaytlynn Kenyon, Miss Congeniality Mariah Hoberg and candidate Josie Brandt. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times5 / 7
The Hancock First Responders' float in the main parade July 4 in Hancock. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times6 / 7
Raice Martinez, left, and Kristopher Kratz were two participants in the July 4 kiddie parade in Hancock. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times7 / 7

Hancock's annual July 4 celebration started with flashes in the sky and ended with them.

Lightning prompted the Hancock Lions Club to cancel the annual Page Lake 5k.

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

The lightning was followed by rain and the those inside the fire hall eating the annual pancakes made by the Hancock Fire Department could watch it fall while staying dry.

"It's usually a nice day," Vera Lund said as she and her husband Lavon ate pancakes. The couple from Danvers has been coming to the pancake breakfast for many years and couldn't recall a rainy day.

Nor could Jean DeGier and Marlys Charles of Morris. Charles had lived on a farm near Hancock and DeGier near Page Lake until a few years ago.

"I don't remember it raining like this on July 4," Charles said.

DeGier said she'd been told by someone else that July 3 rain was not unusual.

At least one Lions Club member however, could recall when weather did threaten to change the annual celebration.

"The tornado siren (sounded) right after the parade was over one year," Lion member Barry Nelson said. Another year, a storm the night before knocked out power until an hour before the parade started, he said.

But the weather cleared on this July 4 so that the youth baseball all star game was held as well as the kiddie parade, main parade, tractor pull and the fireworks.

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