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MURDOCK – Murdock residents created a patriotic medley of moments Wednesday during the town’s annual Fourth of July festivities.

Elmwood Murdock Merchants Association sponsored the Murdock Fourth of July Celebration throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Hundreds of people came to town to enjoy many activities at the 28th-annual event.

The Murdock Fourth of July Celebration began in 1990 when community members came together to commemorate the town’s 100th birthday. Former school superintendent Larry McMillan spearheaded a committee that created the idea of a Fourth of July event. The Grand Parade and other activities have been held every year since then.

The 2018 festival included the Dillon Synovec Memorial Run, a craft show, petting zoo, bounce house, children’s games, Lions Club lunch, parade, baseball games, pie and ice cream social, fireworks and tours of the Murdock Museum and one-room schoolhouse.

The parade featured multiple school and community organizations. The route took participants through downtown Murdock with people lined on both sides of the street.

Duane and Sue Blair served as Grand Marshals for the parade. They have been Murdock residents for more than 40 years and have been involved in many community activities.

Miss Murdock Katrina Hansen, Miss Elmwood Danielle Neels, Miss Alvo Sierra Umland and Miss Weeping Water Faith Adams all appeared in the parade. Hansen and Neels are both 2018 graduates of Elmwood-Murdock High School, Umland is a 2018 graduate of Waverly High School and Adams is a 2018 graduate of Weeping Water High School. All four have been involved in many school and community activities during the past four years.

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