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An 'even better' Fourth of July celebration


Lake Como association's festivities this Saturday



FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE - Saturday, July 3 Events Parade lineup, 10:30 a.m. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Shortly after is the picnic. Fireworks at dusk.
June 30, 2010 | 08:43 AM
Geneva — Some people may head to the big cities to celebrate the Fourth of July.

But for Laura Woolard, the best way to enjoy the holiday is through activities she helped organize for the Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association.

The day kicks off with a parade that ends at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Dandelion Road, a.k.a. The Point.

"It gets everybody together," she said. "The older people sit outside their houses to watch the parade, they're waving and smiling.

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"(Parade participants) throw out candy for the kids who are watching. Everyone can go down to The Point for a free lunch and there's the fireworks at night. It's a really fun day."

Association President Trish Fahey shares Woolard's optimism for the festivities.

"We had such a great parade last year that we're anticipating it will be even better this year," she said.

The celebration, which is set for Saturday, July 3, was organized by Woolard, Shirley Gorz and Stephanie Nicewarmer.

According to Woolard, it all starts with the parade. Lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Acacia Road and Lake Shore Drive.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. down Lake Shore Drive to the boat launch.

"The Lake Como Women's Club, the Lake Como Youth Coalition and some of the local VFW posts will be participating in the parade," Woolard said.

But you don't have to be in a civic group to march in the parade.

Woolard said anybody can be in the parade.

That's probably why she guessed there were about 100 people who marched in last year's parade.

"There were probably about three blocks worth of people," she said.

There also will be prizes for the best decorated bicycles in the parade.

Danny Gritzner will be the parade marshal.

Other activities

According to Woolard, a picnic will take place after the parade.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food and refreshments will be offered — free to association members, but at a fee to nonmembers.

"There's going to be games and music," she said. "But please bring a dish to pass."

Some of the refreshments will be sold.

However, Woolard said the proceeds will go toward a good cause.

"The Women's Club is going to sell pop for 50 cents and ice cream," she said. "The money will go toward lakefront restoration."

Fireworks will begin at The Point at dusk, Woolard said.

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