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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


Summer fests



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July 03, 2013 - Summer's in full swing, with an expanded Fourth of July festival in Clarkston and Independence Township, and Oakland County Fair in Springfield Township all ready to start.

Hopefully the weather holds out for tomorrow's Independence Day festivities. Folks have being working hard to plan days of events, starting with the parade through downtown at 10 a.m. and continuing with entertainment, fireworks, and a carnival in Clintonwood Park.

Rides and everything are planned, which is new.

I'll be at the park probably today and tomorrow, helping to set up veteran-recognition events. I'll have some memorabilia from my time in the army, set up in the military museum in Carriage House.

I still can't fit into those uniforms, but I'm getting closer. I'll have to clean up my jump boots, though. Folks commented on them last time. Didn't think I'd be dinged for my boots 20 years after signing my discharge papers, but I was.

The memorabilia should all be interesting – many Clarkston-area residents served in the Armed Forces and will be bringing photos, uniforms, gear, and other items they kept after mustering out, up to and including restored military vehicles.

Michigan Civil War re-enactors will also be on hand, which is great, with the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg this summer.

I'll be leading the Pledge of Allegiance to start a Veteran's Celebration at 12:30 p.m., which I'm looking forward to.

The county fair is also kicking off this week. The Ervin family, who I talked to for my fair story this week, promised a behind-the-scenes look at the 4-H operations there – I'll probably take them up on it.

Clarkston State Bank's Back Roads Half Marathon isn't until Nov. 10, but it counts as a summer activity because it will take that long to train for it.

This is a new event, starting in Depot Park, winding through the depressingly hilly back roads of Clarkston and Independence Township up to Oakhill Road, then ending right in the parking lot of The Clarkston News.

I ran/walked a half marathon a few years ago, the first Brooksie Way race, so I'm about ready for another one.

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