July 4th Parade in Country Estates

Youngsters cool off with water sprayed from a Cleveland National Forest fire truck at the end of the Fourth of July Parade in San Diego Country Estates Wednesday morning. Sentinel photos/Maureen Robertson
Youngsters cool off with water sprayed from a Cleveland National Forest fire truck at the end of the Fourth of July Parade in San Diego Country Estates Wednesday morning. Sentinel photos/Maureen Robertson
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Crowds lined both sides of Pappas Road from Avenel Lane to Ramona Oaks Park to watch the annual Fourth of July Parade.

Staged by San Diego Country Estates Association and coordinated by Chris Riedler and Amy Holsapple, the morning parade attracted 40 entries.

Participants ranged from preschoolers in wagons and youngsters on bicycles to Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol volunteers on horses, firefighters in fire trucks, and the Ruland family from Sears Hometown Store maneuvering lawn mowers in choreographed fashion.

Parade announcers Robyn Ernst and Mindy Files kept everyone informed about each entry as entrants rode,

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Patriot Pals

walked or cycled along the parade route.

Parade judges chose three entries for prizes. First place went to the Ramona Red Cup Riders, second place to Patriotic Pals, and third place to Star Spangled Synchronized lawn mowers.

July 4 festivities continue from 5 to about 9:30 p.m. on the fields behind Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, where Ramona Rotary Club will stage its 20th annual July 4th Family Picnic & Fireworks. Fireworks will start at 9.

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Mike, Paul and Emmy Brashars find a comfortable rock in the shade to watch the parade.Girl traveling with Cub Scout Pack 678 waves flag from wagon.Country Estates lifeguards, some dressed as superheroes, join the parade, with some squirting water on enthusiastic youngsters.
   
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