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Fourth features parade, sparkles

After day of kid stuff and entertainment, parade gets rolling at 6

By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

The Enumclaw Stars and Stripes Fourth of July celebration kicks off with opening ceremonies at noon Monday downtown near the Chamber of Commerce office at the corner of Cole Street and Initial Avenue.

Entertainment, crafts and activities are available for kids through most of the day.

Recent White River High graduate Meg McCoy performs on the main stage from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

The Kevin Jones Band, which also played the Relay For Life, will take center stage from 2:45 p.m. until the start of the parade.

This year, Mutual of Enumclaw will sponsor the parade scheduled for 6 p.m. down Cole Street. This year's grand marshall is Marine Sgt. Ben Riehm of Roy, who recently returned from his second tour of duty in Kuwait.

The evening concludes with a fireworks show at dusk at the King County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds itself will not be open, but residents are invited to park their cars and set up their lawn chairs in the North parking lot and take in the spectacle.

In addition to the main stage entertainment during the downtown event, the Enumclaw Arts Commission will host two performances Fourth of July weekend.

The first, sponsored by The Courier-Herald, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday when the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West comes to the Enumclaw High auditorium. The U.S. Air Force concert band, based out of Travis Air Force Base in California, is directed by Capt. R. Michael Mench.

The concert is free and all available tickets have been claimed. Ticket holders must be seated by 6:15 p.m. Doors open to the general public at 6:20 p.m. If someone shows up late with a ticket, and all seats are filled, the ticket-holder is out of luck.

The second Enumclaw Arts Commission concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Pete's Pool (King County fieldhouse) when the Cheryl Serio Quintet performs just before the Stars and Stripes Celebration fireworks display at the King County Fairgrounds. Tickets for Cheryl Serio are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students.

Serio, based in Seattle, has played extensively throughout the Puget Sound area and across the country. Monday night's Enumclaw performance is her second stop of the day, playing Seattle's Fourth of July festival earlier. Serio performs an infections ensemble reminiscent of the days of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

For information call Tami Dunn at 360-825-7194.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at bsexton@courierherald.com.

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