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Minden celebrates Independence Day

by Caryn Haller

Nine-year-old Lilia Fields rides in the bike parade around Minden Park in 2013.
Shannon Litz file photo |

As Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer Taylee Pickering prepared to present the colors at the Minden Fourth of July celebration Thursday, younger brother Teegan decked out his bike for the parade.

The 5-year-old weaved streamers in his spokes and covered the rest in flags and stars.

“I like decorating my bike,” Teegan said. “This year I’m going (in the parade) by myself.”

The Pickering family attended the event last year, and decided to make Minden a tradition.

“It’s great for the kids, and a great family atmosphere. We usually hang out for the day,” mother Jennifer said. “This whole event is the best part of the Fourth of July.”

Alex Quintero, 7, was excited to use his newly learned bicycle skills in the parade.

“It worked good,” he said after a practice ride down the street and back. “It will be fun to be in a parade.”

The clickety-clack of playing cards in bicycle spokes filled the streets around Minden Park as more than 200 children participated in the parade.

“It’s awesome. We’re so excited, bigger than last year, and we’ll be bigger next year,” event chairwoman Roxanne Stangle said. “We’re so glad everybody came.”

By noon, 400 frozen treats, donated by Model Dairy, had been given away as 500 people settled in to listen to the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra perform.

Gardnerville resident Helen Martin and a group of friends brought a picnic lunch to the park to listen to some patriotic music and celebrate America’s 237th birthday.

“It’s a symbol of our independence. In fact, it’s the day I retired in 2001,” Martin said of the holiday. “A lot of it is traditional music I’ve always associated with Fourth of July back to the time I marched with the high school band and played John Philip Sousa.”

The crowd headed for cover under trees and canopies as a brief rain shower moved across the park.

“I love this weather. I’m not complaining a bit,” Gardnerville resident Lisa Torres said. “I’d even dance in the rain, but it would take away from the orchestra.”

Festivities also included a bounce house, water play, balloon creations, and a Zorb Ball, a human-sized inflatable hamster ball.