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July 4, 2014

Agency parade kicks off Fourth of July celebration

AGENCY — Friday morning the streets of Agency were lined with tractors, horses and classic cars waiting to greet happy families and toss candy to kids.

Businesses throughout the town placed "closed" signs in their windows so they wouldn't miss a minute of Agency's annual Fourth of July celebration. The parade has become a traditional activity for area families, and this year the celebration has grown.

"This year they have all these plans for today," explained Agency resident Jacoby Deshler. "It's not just the parade anymore. Now they have all these kids' games, a basketball tournament and bags games."

Even with all the excitement of bounce houses and bag toss tournaments, the parade holds a special place on the Fourth of July for Agency families.

Cindy Shepherd sat along the street and watched the parade as her kids chased after suckers and waved American flags. She explained that her family goes to the parade every year, and it's a great way to spend time with the family before the evening fireworks.

Kids along the street raced for candy thrown from tractors and compared the size of their treat bags with friends. While other kids gave up their shot for a bag of candy to be in the parade.

Derek Roberts spent the morning with his three sons, Ian, Hank and Wade, riding four-wheelers in the parade just to be part of the action. The parade was also a way for the family to celebrate a birthday. Wade Roberts celebrated his birthday in style with red, white and blue star balloons tied to the back of his four wheeler he drove happily through the city waving at friends.

Agency's Fourth of July activities is a way for families to spend time with each other in a traditional way. The city offers the parade in the morning, a grilled dinner in the park and a firework display in the evening.

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