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Hobart celebrates freedom with parade, other events

HOBART - If you weren't wearing red, white and blue Saturday, you were underdressed. Way underdressed.

Downtown  and many other local venues  were flooded with the colors as the community enjoyed its annual Celebration of Freedom, two days of patriotism and fun.

The event  which stretched from downtown to the airport and even to Lawton (where the annual poker motorcycle run began  has traditionally been on Memorial Day, but after two soggy Memorial Days in a role, organizers decided to push it into June in hopes of fairer weather.

Saturday lived up to that hope. There was no rain. The weather was hot, but considerably cooler than Friday, when the heat index approached 104 degrees.

The morning events, in fact, were blessed by some clouds and a cool breeze, allowing the children's pageant, the parade, a bike run and fun run, and other activities to proceed almost without sweat.

The vicinity of the courthouse square offered carnival and pony rides for the kids, free tours of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, the Thunder Run that capped off the poker run, and a variety of entertainment. And food  the obligatory barbecue, along with fair fare and even frog legs served up by the parade marshal, Dick Lyons, a World War II veteran who was helping out at his daughter's food truck on the square.

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