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  • Kent Casson

What the Fourth means to locals

A previous Chenoa Fourth of July parade is shown downtown.

When many think of Chenoa, they are reminded of the community’s elaborate Fourth of July celebration each year.

We recently heard from a number of local residents on what this summertime tradition means to them and the community.

“The type of fireworks we give out are just phenomenal,” said Chenoa resident Amy VanVleet, who is always excited for the city’s celebration.

“This is really the big show,” admits Chenoa Fourth of July Committee vice president Crystal Semmerling. “It’s really what we work so hard all year for.”

“I enjoy it,” said Jessica Ifft, Chenoa Fourth of July Committee secretary. “As soon as the fireworks happen and they’re over with, you kind of let out a big sigh and it’s like man that was really all worth it.”

“When I was in the military, I would take leave to come back here for the Fourth of July,” recalls longtime resident Dwayne Price. “You can’t say thank you enough to the people who come back and support it.”

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