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Lincoln prepares for Fourth of July festivities

By: Staff report
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Lincoln’s fourth annual Fourth of July Festival will be a red, white and blue extravaganza, promise city officials. “This year’s festival will be bigger and better in every way,” said Mandy Walker, head of the city’s Recreation Department. “We have more entertainment, more food, more to do, and a great fireworks display.” The annual Lincoln Fourth of July Festival is held in McBean Park. It begins with the Native Daughters and Sons of Lincoln Pancake Breakfast from 6-10 a.m. in the McBean Park Barbecue Area. At 9 a.m., the Chamber of Commerce Parade kicks off in downtown. Festival activities resume at 10:30 a.m. with the opening of Kids’ Zone. The 2008 Kids’ Zone features nine inflatable rides. Also new for kids this year will be a petting zoo, pony rides, Guitar Hero featured from Best Buy, and Golf Country Wildlife animals. The Rotary Club Beer Garden and Tri-Tip Barbecue opens at 11 a.m., along with 15 other food vendor booths providing a true “taste of Lincoln.” Food will be served until 9 p.m. New this year are booths by local merchants offering arts and crafts, pet products and handcrafted items. Beginning at 11 a.m. is one of the Festival’s signature events, the Little Miss Lincoln Pageant in the McBean Park Youth Entertainment Stage. The pageant will run until 3 p.m. and crown six pageant winners chosen on the basis of skill, poise and costuming. Also at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage, awards for the best parade floats will be presented by the Chamber of Commerce; and entertainment on the Festival Main Stage will kick off at noon with local bands. McBean Park Pool will open for swimming from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pool activities will include a series of contests and races for varying age groups. Admission into the pool will be half-off regular admission for a full day of swimming and participation in all water activities. Fees are ages 0-3 free; ages 4-7 $1; ages 8-12 $1.50; ages 13-17 $2; adults $2.50. Festival activities conclude with Kids’ Fest Live from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Finally, fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. with a run time of at least 30 minutes. “There’s no place better to celebrate an All American Fourth of July than in Northern California’s All-America City of Lincoln,” Walker said. “Entry to the Festival is free of charge, with only nominal fees for a few of the attractions. Parking will be available on streets and lots near the park and in downtown Lincoln.” The festival is coordinated by the city’s Recreation Department. For more information, call (916) 645-5298.