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Head to Cloquet, Moose Lake for family fun on July 4

Fourth of July festivities in Cloquet might not feature carnival rides this year, but between the Armory National Guard activities and the "Big Day Cloquet" race running through town, the events will be more exciting than ever!...

Fourth of July festivities in Cloquet might not feature carnival rides this year, but between the Armory National Guard activities and the "Big Day Cloquet" race running through town, the events will be more exciting than ever!

For the first time Armory National Guard officers will come to Veterans Park to create an obstacle course for kids, event planner Lisa Karulak said.

"Kids will also be able to create their own dog tags," she said.

The "Big Day Cloquet" race will test the mettle of teams on a historical journey through town. Register before July 4. (See page C4 for details).

Also new this year is a "Dash for Cash," in which contestants will search for some $500 in quarters in a pile of sawdust. Many other activities will continue all day. (See page B8 for a full July 4 schedule of events).

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"And be ready to eat corn," Karulak said. Corn will be available with proceeds going toward next year's celebration.

Karulak encourages people to view the fireworks display, as she was told it is the last year the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee will sponsor that portion of the event.

In Moose Lake, Independence Day events actually begin on July 2 with the Little Miss Moose Lake pageant. The Moose Lake Area Historical Society will unveil a new photo exhibition at the Depot featuring every crowned Miss Moose Lake queen since 1953, in addition to general July 4 photo memorabilia.

On Independence Day, the parade begins at 10 a.m. and nourishment can be found at the Holy Angels Breakfast Buffet as well as at the Moose Lake United Methodist Church Lunch and Ice Cream Social. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

On July 5, a Kiddie Parade will take to the streets at noon downtown. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, the Historical Society will sponsor its Chair Auction at Riverside Arena to benefit their building fund.

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