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GALLERY: Kids’ Day leads the fun before 4th festivities

  • Miss Fourth of July Riley Quade, 6 (Charles City) and Mister Fourth of July Max Klesath, 7 (Nora Springs) lead a parade of bikes, trikes, kids and parents during Monday morning's Kids Day festivities. Miss and Mister Fourth of July are picked randomly by State Bank from a list of applicants ranging from preschool to fourth grade. Press photos by Kate Hayden

  • A crowd of families marches up north Main Street at the start of the Kids' Day Parade Monday morning.

  • An estimated 800 participants or more joined the Kids' Day Parade and Central Park celebrations, Chamber of Commerce event coordinator Erica Wipperling said.

  • Day camp participants with SOAR — School's Out At Rockford — came to Kids' Day festivities on Monday in Charles City. SOAR offers all-day field trips and activities during the summer, and before/after school activities or supervision during the school year, volunteer Fallon Marth said.

  • The Charles City Shining Stars perform in Central Park on Monday morning, coached by Marla Rima.

  • Leah Darst of the Minnesota Zoo shows off one of her nocturnal companions during a short exhibit at Central Park.

  • Harper Hagarty, 5, examines a turtle at the Floyd County Conservation booth in Central Park.

  • Brothers Carson Linde, 8, and Elliott Linde, 6, spray their target at the Charles City Fire Department's waterball game station in front of the Charles City Arts Center.

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