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The 50th birthday of the Saxtons River Rec Area is highlighted in the Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration this year.

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is holding its annual 4th of July bike decorating event. Kids may bring their bikes and helmets to the Vermont Inn Pizza parking lot on Canal Street at 9 a.m. Join Rec & Parks staff as they get festive with a variety of decorations and walk in the parade which begins at 10 a.m. Rec & Parks will provide the decorations, tattoos, face painting and ribbons for the participants. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the parade. Parents of children over the age of 5 can meet at the Common at the end of the parade. This event will run rain or shine. For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 254-5808. This event is free of charge.

Halifax: Saturday, July 2, is the date for the annual Halifax Fireman's Auction at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station on Branch Road in West Halifax. Many items, large and small, will be auctioned. Coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs and beverages will be on sale. For more information call Wayne at 802-368-7733.


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Saxtons River: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street is having a Ladies Rummage Sale on Monday, July 4th, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale includes a variety of clothing including sweaters, blouses, skirts, pants, jackets, coats and footwear such as shoes and boots and belts, hats, underwear and gloves. For those wishing to donate items, the shop is in need of infants and children's clothing, queen and king sized sheets, and ladies and men's jeans. The Thrift Shop is also collecting personal care items for residents of the Bennington Veterans Home. Donated items can be dropped off during shop hours. The Worn Again Thrift Shop is run by volunteers and is sponsored by the West River Missions with local catholic churches Our Lady of Mercy in Putney, Our Lady of the Valley in Townshend and Chapel of the Snows on Stratton Mountain.

Saxtons River: With a theme of "50 Years of Fun at the Rec," Saxtons River will kick off its annual Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4, with a 5K Firecracker road race at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the race sponsored by Pleasant Valley Brew Pub, the day's activities include a street fair highlighted by the firefighters' water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting, a bouncy slide and food vendors are also on the schedule. Afternoon activities move to the Saxtons River Rec Area and include swimming, square dancing, a cornhole game and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends, and music for dancing with the Old School band, all topped off with fireworks at dusk. There will also be cotton candy and Glo-stix on sale. The Saxtons River Rec will be selling food and hosting a chuck-a-duck game. This year's T-shirt features a drawing by local artist Daze Mortensen with the Rec theme. T-shirts will be on sale in front of the market Saturday, July 2 and on the Fourth.

Wardsboro: The 4th of July Street Fair & Parade in Wardsboro has space for a few more vendors and crafters. Contact Lynn Larson at 896-6694 for more information and an application.