Dawn-to-dusk activities filled the day at Prairie City's Fourth of July celebration.

A rainbow of townspeople and visitors crowded the town for the "Show Your Colors" parade, led by Prairie City's new police chief, Randy Oxford and mayor, Stan Horrell. The noon-time march down Front Street was launched by flyovers from three patriotic powered parachutists and the Whiskey Gulch Gang's cannon. About 40 entrants participated - floats, vehicles, individuals, groups and animals.

Other events for the day ranged from a riding lawnmower race before the parade, the rubber duck race (and escape!) down the John Day River after lunch and horseshoe tournaments throughout the afternoon. There was plenty of fun for the younger crowd too, with treasure hunts and pine derby car races in the park.

Partly cloudy skies kept things cool with only a brief thundershower or two late in the afternoon. Everyone streamed out of town at sundown for the fireworks show under the wide open spaces of the Oxbow Ranch.

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