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Looking forward to the ‘Down Home 4th of July’

The Chamber of Commerce event will feature a parade, games, and, of course, fireworks
Despite the weather, the Crooked River Roundup and parade was enjoyed this past weekend, now to move forward to some busy weeks ahead of us.
   The Fourth of July is just around the corner, so make plans now to attend the Prineville–Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center annual celebration in downtown Prineville. This year’s theme is “Down Home 4th of July,” and will begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., on the Crook County Courthouse lawn. The Splash n Dash will begin at 8 a.m., at the Prineville Swimming Pool and finishes in Pioneer Park.
   This year, there will be a parade on Fourth Street, from Harwood Street to Elm Street, starting at 10 a.m., with games all day located at Stryker Park behind 7-Eleven. Pioneer Park will be the location for all music and entertainment groups performing for your enjoyment, while across the street in the Plaza at City Hall there will be street vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Great Fish Race, (more information below) will start at 1:30 p.m., at Juniper Street bridge. You can also take a ride on the City of Prineville’s steam engine, departing from 1521 N. Lamonta Road, starting at noon with departures every hour. The day will end with fireworks off the Viewpoint, at 10 p.m. If you have not made plans of where to watch the fireworks display, I suggest you grab your lawn chairs and blankets and plan on heading to Meadow Lakes Golf Course, where you can get a front row seat for the fireworks show and you can enjoy a barbecue, drawings, a putting course contest, and prizes that will start at 7 p.m.
   I have taken the week of the Fourth off to get ready for a special event in our family. Our son Seth will marry his best friend, Renee, on July 7. I will admit that I am checking the weather forecast on the internet several times a day. Let’s hope that this past weekend’s weather is far behind us and we can look forward to warmer weather and sunnier skies for the next couple of weeks.
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   Partner 4 Kids! will be held at Barney Prine’s, located at 380 N. Main St., on Wednesday, June 27, and at Dairy Queen, located at 600 N.W. Third St., on Thursday, June 28. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Crook County Kids Club. For more information, go to www.crookcountykids.org.
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   Serenia Groth has opened Creative Groth: Create. Innovate. Grow. A full service creative agency that specializes in providing branding, web design, multi-media production, social strategy, and traditional PR when helping a client build their business. They are located at 123 N.E. Fourth St, in Prineville, and can be reached at 541-508-0425 or via their website at www.creativegroth.com.
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   The Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center member luncheon will be hosted this month by Crook County Health Department, on Wednesday, June 27, at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
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   A Free Notary Public Educational Seminar will be held at the Prineville City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 1-503-986-2200.
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   The last chance to get tickets for the 2nd Annual Cast a Line for Youth, “the Great Fish Race” will be July 4. Tickets can be purchased at the following Prineville locations for $5 each: Crook County CASA, Crook County Kids Club, Lutheran Community Services NW, Prineville- Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Bank of the Cascades, US Bank, and Wells Fargo.
   The Great Fish race will start at Ochoco Creek at 1:30 p.m. on July 4, 2012, during Prineville’s “Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration.
   Cast a Line for Youth is a collaborative partnership. The event proceeds benefit: Crook County CASA, Crook County Kids Club, and Lutheran Community Services N.W. For more information, contact Cynthia Jurgensen at 541-815-2401.
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   Ray’s Food Place and Big Country RV announce that June 28 through July 1, they will be holding a special selection of handpicked RVs that have been discounted for immediate sale. All 2012 models will be available and they are looking forward to you bringing in your pre-owned for trade. The event will be located at 1535 N.E. Third St., in Prineville.
   This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.