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Blue skies and a hot sun formed the backdrop for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Wanamingo.

Parade-goers donned red, white and blue outfits and lined Main Street for the 45-minute celebration of Wanamingo, the surrounding area and the nation’s birth.

Veterans’ organizations from Wanamingo and Kenyon made appearances, along with emergency vehicles from across Goodhue County, local 4-H and Boy Scout groups and area businesses.

The day’s festivities began earlier that morning with a pancake breakfast, followed by a day of music, kids’ activities and fundraisers around town.

Some visitors, like Jeff Zinsmaster, of Rochester, came from miles away in search of a parade like Wanamingo’s.

“It’s just nice to see everybody out here, celebrating,” said Zinsmaster.

Patricia Pritge, member of the Wanamingo Lions Club, said she had seen a steady, busy turnout for the day’s activities. Since the parade began in the 1970s, she said, she only remembered a single cancellation due to rain.

“Different things have evolved over the years,” she said, but added that the Fourth of July tradition in Wanamingo is still going strong.

Reach Reporter Anne Kopas at 507-333-3148. Follow her on Twitter @NFNanne.

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