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Shell Rock 4th of July parade cancelled due to construction

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SHELL ROCK (KWWL) -

The 4th of July in Shell Rock is an event area families never miss, and if they do, they remember it.

"I've missed one 4th of July in 36 years," said longtime resident Don Bonzer.

This year is one nobody will forget. It's the first 4th without the town's infamous parade down Cherry Street. Currently, Cherry Street is split in two as crews work to replace a century old bridge connecting the north end of town with the south.

"We didn't want to, and we were afraid we were going to have to," said Police Chief Lou Staudt.

There was a brief moment when organizers thought they could find a way to hold a parade amidst the construction. But what it ultimately came down to is safety.

"Between having 3,000 - 5,000 people in town and trying to get them off Highway 3...and then trying to get parade entries out there coming in on the main road and coming out of town. It was just too much of a burden and too much of a safety issue we felt," Staudt said.

The decision to cancel was a heartbreaker for everyone involved.

"Myself and the kids always look forward to the parade. People will miss it, a lot of people will come to town for the parade," said Bonzer.

But the community is determined to make the best of a bad situation. The detour won't deter the rest of the 2011 4th of July events. As for 2012 -- the parade will be back on Cherry Street crossing a brand-new bridge.

"Hopefully we get a bigger and better one next year!" Bonzer added.

All of Shell Rock's 4th events will take place on the south side of the Cherry Street bridge. The only exception is the fireworks -- which will center around the Shell Rock Elementary School.

The fireworks shoot off at 10:00, Monday, July 4th, but things kick off Friday with an inflatable fun park and live music -- including bands Lockren and Standing Hampton.

For a complete schedule of events click here.

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