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Howland coming together for a community fest

HOWLAND — After more than a year of uncertainty, Howland officials are asking the community to come together to celebrate as summer is ending with a “Community Coming Together” fest.

The event will be held Saturday starting at 3 p.m. in and around the Richard Orwig Park at the intersection of Willow and East Market streets. Events will be held through 7:30 p.m.

Officials said the fest will include a parade, music, activities and food.

The parade will begin 3:30 p.m. from the old band parking lot off Willow Drive and proceed south on Willow, west on East Market Street and north on Shaffer Drive. Line-up begins 2:30 p.m.

Officials said the parade route is different than ones in the past.

School and spirit groups, sports teams, businesses and community members are invited to take part. Antique cars and pets dressed in costumes are welcome. Contact Trustee Chairman Matt Vansuch at Matthew.Vansuch@HowlandTownship.org if interested in participating.

Following the parade at 4 p.m. will be free activities for families, including freestyle karate demonstrations, Amanda Beagle Studio students performance and Krystie’s Dance Academy dance lessons. The Howland Historical Society will have games and activities, plus Howland Scout Troop 122 and 28 and Pack 122 will have displays and activities. American Legion Post 700 will have a wall of honor.

Various food trucks will be at the park before the parade until 7:30 p.m.

Musical performance by the Dave Kana Trio will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

A “movie under the stars” with showing of “Raya and the Last Dragon” will play on a 26-inch screen. The Howland Schools PTO will have refreshments and concessions available.

The township did not hold the annual Fourth of July celebration due to the uncertainty of the pandemic earlier this year and events needing to be scheduled ahead of time.

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