By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Lafayette celebrates Fourth with bike parade, picnic

In addition to the parade itself, a pancake breakfast, music, a picnic and a car show all are scheduled for Thursday, July 4. All the activities are designed to bring the community together, celebrate Independence Day and honor Lafayette’s history.

“We’re trying to make this a little educational; make people think about it,” said Sheri King, a main organizer and keeper of a blog about Lafayette history and its Fourth of July celebration.

The latest addition to the line-up this year is a booth where visitors can answer a few questions about Independence Day. General Lafayette, the town’s namesake, will be on hand to help hand out prizes.

Gen. Lafayette and a few other historical figures will take part in the parade, too. Parade entries will gather at Wascher School starting at 10 a.m. and a  flag ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will roll out at 11 o’clock, heading east, then winding through residential neighborhoods and returning on Seventh Street past the school to Joel Perkins Park. The Second Winds Community Band will perform in the park starting at 11:30 a.m.

A community picnic in the park will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lafayette Community Church will offer free hot dogs and lemonade; families also may bring their own picnics.

A gold panner will be on hand to demonstrate panning for gold. King said Lafayette once was a jumping off place for many of the people who went to California to seek their fortune in the mid-1800s.

An all-comers classic car show will run from 2 to 5 p.m. at the school. The Igniters car club is sponsoring the event. Entering cars is free, and so is viewing.

The day will start with the Lafayette Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast, which will run from 7 to 10 a.m. at the fire hall. Breakfast costs $5 per person.

For more information, call 503-864-2451 or e-mail More information is available on King’s blog, lafayettejuly

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