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Family 4th Fest 2012


Wednesday, July 4th
Hawthorne Park - Porter



Thank you to everyone who supported
the Family 4th Fest via the
Country Pride Restaurant Fundraiser



     Family 4th Fest Returns!

            Get ready, because there will be a LOT going on at this year’s Family 4th Fest on Wednesday, July 4th, in Hawthorne Park, Porter.

            Start the day at 7am with a delicious Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast for only $5. Next, line up for the 9am kickoff of a grand old 4th of July parade through downtown Porter and right into Hawthorne Park.  **Families are encouraged to dress-up in red, white and blue, decorate bikes, wagons, strollers and walk in the parade as a family unit.**                               Lorain Bell will be the parade Grand Marshal.

At 10am the Lions Club will begin turtle registration, with the first heat at 11am, in the 73rd Annual Lions Club Turtle Derby.  Prizes will be awarded.  Entry is free. No snapping turtles, please!

            Kids of all ages will have fun playing free games (1-3pm), frisbee golf, and participating in the patriotic poster contest.  There will be bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and kiddie rides for toddlers. 

Food vendors include Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Rolling Stone Bakers, So Good Island Grill, George’s Gyros, Zing’s, Dorie’s Elephant Ears & Lemonade Shake-ups, Moon’s Kettle Corn & SnoCones.   Vendors will be open at 10:30 am.

Karaoke starts at 4pm, and live music by the Killer Bzzzzz from 7-11pm.  Kick back and relax in the Leroy’s Hot Stuff Beer garden.  There will be a fireworks show set to patriotic music at dusk.  Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs!      

            Avon bug spray & sunscreen will be available for purchase at the DuneBig tent as a 4th Fest fundraiser.  Stop at the DuneBig tent to find out what else is going on in our community.  Take a few minutes to chat with the folks from the Westchester Historical Museum and Best Buddies Pet Pantry, who will each have a display set up from 11am to 3pm.  

            You may also help support the Family 4th Fest by participating in the Country Pride Restaurant Eat & Earn Fundraiser which runs from June 17th through July 1st .Simply present the 4th Fest Eat & Earn flyer to your server, and 20% of your check will be donated to the Family 4th Fest!  What an easy way to support this fun family-friendly event!

            This event is presented by the Duneland Business Initiative Group, with the Porter Parks Department, and Chesterton Lions Club. Sponsors include the Towns of Porter, Chesterton, and Burns Harbor, Travel Centers of America/Country Pride Restaurant, L.A. Bell, Chesterton Walgreens, Shelton’s Fireworks, Avon, and generous donations from community residents, without whose help, this event would not be possible.


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