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Thousands Celebrate July Fourth in Downtown Grand Forks

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  It's expected 30-thousand people will have taken part in the annual, Sertoma Club Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Grand Forks by the time it wraps up.

  It all started with a blast of a starter's gun.  Three-hundred folks of all ages began the day with a 5-K walk and 10-K run.

Reporter: "Which race are you running in?"

Olivia Lotysc, Grand Forks 5th Grader: "5-K."

Reporter: "Have you run that far before?"

Lotysc: "Yes."

Reporter: "What do you think your time will be?"

Lotysc: "I'm trying to go for 20 minutes."

Alan Monson, East Grand Forks 74-year Old: "Hope I'll be running more than walking. I'll walk when I get tired. But, mostly running."

 In the 10-K run, Nikki Jo Klefstad  of Grand Forks won the women's division, Dan Hanson, also of Grand Forks won the men's.

  And while the City Band entertained, another road trip at a bit of a slower pace got underway. The kiddie parade made it's way through town and into the downtown square, where lots of folks were taking a chance on a $10 raffle ticket in hopes of winning  a major prize.

Paul Lester, Sertoma Club: "The grand prize is a 2013 silver, Nissan, 4-door automobile."

  And of course, there are lots of other things to see and do.

Eric Scheffer, Sertoma Club: "We have stuff on the Greenway all day long. We've got kids games, bands here downtown. Kenny and the Classics during the afternoon and we're shutting it down with Billy D. and the Crystals."

  Part of today's celebration included a tribute to our Country and our Flag during ceremonies at the Downtown Square: "Independence Day serves as a special reminder of our heritage and history. It is a constant inspiration to every lover of his Country."

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