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    Little Miss Firecracker first runner-up Mya Hudson of Coe, 5, right, pointed at other floats and announced that they were starting to move while waiting for the Fourth of July Celebration parade in Otwell on Thursday morning to begin with Katie Burkhart of Otwell, 6, left, and Addy Newton of Oakland City, 5. All of the girls on the float participated in the Little Miss Firecracker pageant Sunday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    The Pike Central High School cheerleaders smiled and cheered at the end of the parade route during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. The cheerleaders also are operating a food booth on the midway during the celebration, which continues through Saturday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Susie Petty of Washington, left, Tatum Brown of Evansville, 4, and Alvin Brown of Winslow watched the Fourth of July Celebration parade in Otwell on Thursday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mag E Mo of River City Clowns in Evansville made a face after throwing candy to spectators during the Fourth of July Celebration parade in Otwell on Thursday. Three clowns from the Evansville group rode in the parade. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Belle Warnsman of Montgomery, 3, second from left, looked at her parents between floats while Spencer Fiscus of Otwell, 3, left, tasted a lollipop during the Fourth of July Celebration parade in Otwell on Thursday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Go-kart competitors drove slowly around the track waiting for the race to begin during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. This is the first year the celebration includes go-kart racing. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Justin Hart of Petersburg swung his daughter Ava, 2, before the Precious Rewards baby contest during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. The competition included awards for most hair, least hair, best Fourth of July outfit and prettiest eyes. Ava's red, white and blue tutu was specially made for her. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ava Hart of Winslow, 2, left, crawled with Paisley Collins, 9 months, and Gabby Collins, 7, both of Petersburg, before the Precious Rewards baby contest at the Jefferson Township Community Center during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. Ava and Paisley were both in the competition. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Austin Shover of Petersburg, 7, second from right, and Xander McAttee of Petersburg, 4, waited with anticipation for their turn on the swing ride at the midway during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. This is the first year that the boys get to ride the big rides, and they already had tried out the spinning strawberries and the bouncy gym. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Children rode the swing ride on the midway as the setting sun lit up the clouds during the Fourth of July Celebration in Otwell on Thursday. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald