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Greenfield's Fourth of July celebration adds some bark

Activities include Elvis impersonators and hot dog contest

June 25, 2013

Greenfield — You might say the Greenfield Fourth of July celebration is going to the dogs — hound dogs and hot dogs, that is.

New to the celebration this year is a contest to impersonate Elvis, whose early hits include the iconic "Hound Dog" song. Also new is a hot dog-eating contest to join the pie-eating contest that will make a return appearance at the celebration.

"We thought we'd throw in something different," said Jeannette Lucero, who heads the celebrations committee that planned the event in conjunction with the Partners of Greenfield Park and Recreation. The Recreation Department has held Elvis impersonator contests in the past with some success, she added.

Only the first eight people who sign up can be in the hot dog and pie contests. Signups will take place at the DJ music stand a half hour before the contests.

Going parading

The centerpiece of the Fourth of July celebration will be the parade, which will step off at 12:15 p.m. and head down Layton to Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.

The honorary grand marshals will be hometown heroes and Whitnall High School graduates Joel Stave, Wisconsin Badgers quarterback, and his sister Rachel Stave, three-time state diving champion.

This year, the Whitnall High School marching band will join the Greenfield High School band and the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band in the parade.

And once again the younger set will be welcome to join in. Kids who decorate their bikes and tricycles can come to the parade starting point at 68th Street and Layton Avenue at 11:30 a.m. for the judging. Winners will be declared in two categories, ages 4 to 8 and ages 9 to 12. Then everybody will get to take their places in the parade lineup.

"They're always excited to participate," Lucero said.

More information on the decorating contest is available at gfjuly4.com and at 414-282-0141.

Fun in the park

Events at Konkel Park will be between 1 and 11 p.m.

A whole lineup of entertainment is planned, including a UW-Madison Marching Band performance at 1:30 p.m., Denai's Dancers at 1 p.m., an "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" contest at 2 p.m. and the softball game with the Greenfield firefighters taking on the Milwaukee firefighters, also at 2 p.m.

In addition to the Elvis impersonator and pie and hot dog contests, late afternoon events also include a BMX exhibition.

Evening musical entertainment will be by the band Step-in-Out, which will perform Motown, country, pop and rock songs from 6:30 to 11 p.m., Lucero said.

Fireworks are slated at 9:30 p.m.

— Jane Ford-Stewart

AT A GLANCE

Fourth of July parade:

11:30 a.m. Children's bicycle and tricycle decorating contest at 68th Street and Layton Avenue

12:15 p.m. Fourth of July parade steps off from 68th and Layton, ending at Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., when ice cream will be given away while supplies last

At Konkel Park

1 p.m. Denai's Dancers (tent)

1:30 p.m. University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band fifth quarter performance and flag ceremony/mayor's welcome at the flags near the pavilion

2 p.m. "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader" contest (tent); Greenfield firefighters against Milwaukee firefighters in softball

3 p.m. Elvis impersonator contest (tent); BMX exhibition (parking lot east side)

4 p.m. Hot dog eating contest (tent)

4:30 p.m. Pie eating contest (tent)

5 p.m. DJ entertainment

6:30 p.m. Step-in-Out Band (tent)

9:30 p.m. Fireworks

10 p.m. Step-in-Out Band (tent)

11 p.m. Festival grounds close

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