Charming, old fashioned fourth for Prosser

Little Miss and Junior Miss candidates end their opening dance routine to Happy by Pharrell Williams.

Photo by Jess Quick
Little Miss and Junior Miss candidates end their opening dance routine to Happy by Pharrell Williams.

— The town’s residents refused to let anything get in the way of celebrating their Fourth of July.

There were troubles with the dunk tank, the fireworks and car alarms. They made this festive day somewhat charming.

The day was marked with lighthearted laughter. Sunlight gleamed on all the classic cars lined up on the park grass.

Children marched from the courthouse to the park decked out in their finest Fourth of July wear.

The dunk tank was a crowd favorite. The folks got a chance to dunk their city officials, from high school history teacher Mr. Dillahunt to the local Fire Chief.

Even when the target to drop the dunk tank captives into the water broke off, the crowd remained, waiting to dunk the trash talking officials.

The Fire Department came in to help with power tools. While they came up with a plan to fix the defective tank, contestants continued to step up with street rules.

“Hit the black circle and manually release the captive,” Someone said.

But the dedicated fire fighters came through and saved the day.

Over at the lineup of gleaming cars, each was parked next to a proud owner with stories of his or her own. One man finished restoring his father’s pickup after the father passed away.

At 11:30 a.m. the Sylvan Stage was graced by nine little girls vying to be Little Miss and Junior Miss Prosser. Kapri Cook came out on top as Junior Miss Prosser.

About halfway through the pageant, the wind picked up. Conversations about fireworks filled the air. John Paul Esty looked up at the trees with doom and gloom in his voice.

“If there are any fireworks,” he said.

Sparks, wind, and dry shrubs are a bad mix, but all were still confident that the wind would die down in time for fireworks.

Though the wind continued through the day, the residents were still hopeful, and come time for the test fire, a crowd had gathered at Art Fiker Stadium.

Kids ran around with glowing swords and florescent bracelets and necklaces. Families lounged.

Then the first of the fireworks went off and the assembly oohed and aahed. Then they chuckled when the percussive booms set off car alarms.


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