BENTON CITY -- Benton City Daze has a long history of providing summer fun for everyone, not just the town's residents.
"Benton City Daze was first held 30 years ago to give local residents an opportunity to celebrate their community," said organizer Heather Duncan. "The event has seen a number of changes over the years, but the essentials are still there -- family fun, plenty of food, entertainment, the grand parade and a street dance."
The fun starts at 7 a.m. Aug. 2 with a breakfast at City Park. Cost is $5. Vendors will be set up in the park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring arts, crafts and food booths.
The grand parade starts at 10 a.m., leaving from the parking lot at Ki-Be Middle School on Grace Avenue, then travels down Ninth Street through the downtown area, ending up at the corner of Dale Avenue and 13th Street.
"The parade is a much-anticipated part of Benton City Daze," Duncan added. "In addition to the requisite fire trucks, floats, royalty and politicians, the Tri-City Military Collectors will be out in force with a dozen vintage vehicles including an amphibious transporter. There also will be a contingent of dancing horses."
The parade's grand marshal is longtime Benton City resident and community leader Laura Beaver.
The Little Miss pageant starts at noon at the park stage and live music happens through the park from 2 to 8 p.m. The program includes pageants for 10- to 12-year-olds, 7- to 9-year-olds and 4- to 6-year-olds.
There will be a mechanical bull and dunk tanks set up at City Park. Firefighters will be on site to teach kids fire safety. There also will be bounce houses, a sidewalk chalk art event and other kids games in the park, which is in the heart of downtown.
Tri-City Celtic band Skweez the Weezle performs at 2:15 p.m. in the park.
Stompin' Ground will provide the music for the street dance, which starts at 8 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and it's open to all ages.
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