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Parade of pride, park of fun

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Tomorrow, those parade preparers — and these are the hard-working ones who pull it off every year, the dedicated members of the Madera Kiwanis Club — will be out in force before the first fancier of floats, or devotee of moving displays parks their derriere on the curb or in a folding lawn chair. Don’t know if the club was around for the first Old Timers Day Parade in 1931, but I would hazard to bet a couple of their members may have been.

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After the bands, floats, the king and queen, the grand marshals, classic cars, and horses (and what remains after the horses), it will be fun, games and more at Courthouse Park. The longest tradition during the park festivities is the terrific steak lunch with all the trimmings served up by the Madera Breakfast Lions.

These great folks have been barbecuing this meal for 40 years, or maybe more. If my math is correct (remember, I attended Madera High) that’s over 24,000 steaks. And the proceeds (not the steaks), go toward the Breakfast Lions’ efforts in community betterment and youth activities. Tickets will be available Saturday. Just let your nose lead you to the great food.

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Whee! The People. After three long weeks of high school, college Division III and even Lingerie League referees, the NFL finally bowed to public pressure and told the real refs they could return to the games. After the Monday night Packers-Seahawks debacle the hottest topic was not the election, war, the Middle East or even water meters, but outrage from fans, gamblers, and fantasy football enthusiasts. Not to mention the league’s own players, and coaches. Chalk this one up for us fans...


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