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Rain dampens local Fourth festivities
Ice cream is great for your mouth -- and your shirt. With several downtown Fourth of July activities canceled, twins Lane Harvey, left, and Hank Harvey enjoy some homemade ice cream Saturday morning at the Farmers Market.

With most downtown Fourth of July festivities canceled due to rain, Hank and Lane Harvey found comfort in ice cream.
The twins scarfed down cups of homemade ice cream Saturday morning at the Farmers Market, with the tasty treat serving as a balm to cover the scab of another rained-out July 4 celebration. It’s the second time in three years most downtown events have been canceled due to rain.
One of the exceptions was the annual pancake breakfast organized by First United Methodist Church. With storm clouds looming all weekend, church officials made the call Friday to move the pancake breakfast under roof at the church.
“When we started at 7 a.m., we didn’t think anyone would show up,” said volunteer Marsha Newman. “But then we got slammed as soon as the fun run was over. Every table was packed.”
Pancake-hungry customers kept Bill Boyd hopping on the grill, but the savvy cook stayed one step ahead of the rush thanks to his years of hotcake-flipping experience.
The fun run dashed its way through McMinnville with J.D. Dickerson emerging as the overall winner. Anne Myers was the top female finisher.
The Park Theater was also alive with activity as local residents took shelter from the storm and found solace watching a free movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” starring James Cagney.
Morrison canceled all of its Fourth of July activities, while residents of the Midway community tried to squeeze in as much as possible while still staying dry.