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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Spicer

Tom Cherveny / Tribune Heather Larson of the "Groom Zone" leads her patriotic poodle along the Spicer parade route.1 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune A Fourth of July basketball game at Saulsbury Park in Spicer was part of the Independence Day celebration for Joe Hurlburt, from left, Mitch Stephans, Riley Ashburn and Gus Hurlburt. 2 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Willmar Fests International Princess Ashley Olson, left, and Aqua Princess Mary Carlson wave to the parade-goers Tuesday in Spicer. 3 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Blue skies and warm temperatures made the Fourth of July the perfect day for play in the water Tuesday at Saulsbury Beach following the parade in Spicer. 4 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Candy flies from the hands of Spicer Legion members as their float makes its way down Lake Avenue Tuesday during the Spicer Fourth of July parade. 5 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune The KMS Marching Saints proved to be a crowd favorite as they made their way down the route for Spicer's Fourth of July parade. 6 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune The New London-Spicer Community Band performs in the Fourth of July parade in Spicer.7 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Large crowds made their way through the craft fair during the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday in Spicer.8 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune The Jennie-O Turkey Store turkey tossed flying discs Tuesday to the throngs of people lining the parade route in Spicer. 9 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune The KMS Marching Saints proved to be a crowd favorite as they made their way down the route for Spicer's Fourth of July parade. Dancing their way through the parade route as part of the KMS unit were Josh Peterson and Alex Walsh.10 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Dennis Ordeck of Paynesville had the duties over the hot fire as family and friends gathered after the Fourth of July parade in Spicer Tuesday for a picnic at Saulsbury Beach. 11 / 12
Tom Cherveny / Tribune Representatives of the Little Crow Ski Team give a hint of the acrobatics the skiers are famous for Tuesday as they make their way down the parade route in Spicer. 12 / 12

SPICER — A sunny, summer day with a cooling breeze from Green Lake provided the setting as Spicer's population grew nearly tenfold Tuesday as people gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July.

It's estimated as many as 10,000 people celebrate the nation's birthday in Spicer, and by all accounts the biggest draw is the annual parade.

This year's parade didn't disappoint, as large crowds lined Lake Avenue mid-morning for the chance to see the pageantry and catch the candy and goodies tossed from float.

Afterward there was opportunity to picnic or swim at Saulsbury Beach, visit the annual craft show and flea market, and more before sunny skies gave way to scattered evening thunderstorms across the region.

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The community of Spicer has celebrated the Fourth of July since 1887, and there are records of the parade dating to 1904.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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