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Latrobe's Fourth of July celebration to begin with children's activities, end with fireworks

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

For the 45th year, the city of Latrobe will don its red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day with nine days of festivities.

The Latrobe Fourth of July Celebration will begin on Tuesday with the big wheel and scooter races before the Miss Fourth of July pageant on June 22.

Carol Greenawalt, committee chairwoman, said planning the schedule was easier with the children's activities being held before the pageant.

“It's just the way it fell later in the year,” she said.

Enthusiasm for each of the events — from the performances and 5-mile run to the baking contest and interfaith service — is what helps bring the community together, Greenawalt said.

A few new food vendors plus 16 craft booths will be a part of the midway. Different bands playing everything from polkas to pop hits will be featured to get festival-goers grooving.

“Everyone needs to take a lawn chair or blanket and listen to (the music) and have great food and time with family and friends,” Greenawalt said.

The pageant this year will feature 16 contestants vying for the crown with a costume theme of “Landmarks in America.”

Contestants were able to chose from a list of 50 notable places, including Mount Rushmore, Dollywood and the Statue of Liberty.

The girls are then tasked with writing a one-minute speech about their costumes.

“It's going to be quite interesting to see what they come up with,” Greenawalt said.

As in the past, the parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. July 4 with 125 units signed up so far and more expected, she said.

Parade watchers are reminded that no chairs, blankets or ropes are permitted to hold spaces until 8:30 p.m. July 3. Any items placed prior to that time will be removed and discarded by the city.

The finale of the celebration includes $8,000 worth of fireworks that will light up the skies over Latrobe near Legion-Keener Park.

“It takes months and months of planning and hard work,” Greenawalt said. “I have a great committee and a lot of volunteers.”

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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