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Fourth of July is filled with food frenzy

July 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Food plays a big part of just about every holiday gathering and the Fourth of July is no different.

As residents waved flags from the sidewalk, tractors rolled down San Jacinto Street. This Fourth of July parade was called "A Salute to Agriculture."

It was appropriate that there was a constant feeding frenzy along the parade route. As kids went for candy, parents went for potatoes. It was a battle out there, but all in good fun.

"I'm not going to steal from my neighbor," said San Jacinto resident Diane Negrete. "I'm just going to go to his house for a barbeque."

"We're here celebrating the Fourth of July, watching the parade," said San Jacinto resident Charlene Cotton. "I like our independence."

And on Independence Day, they like their food too.

"It's a part of the festivities," said Blas Deleon from The Stockyard. "You come out and want to enjoy the fireworks, the people, all the stuff going on, and you can't do that without good food."

Deleon was cooking up the tri-tip at Sylvan Park in Redlands. Then he had some sparkly strawberry lemonade to wash it down.

And of course, there's funnel cake for desert.

"It's just delectable," said Calimesa resident Laura Castellanos. "It's got powdered sugar, whipped cream and strawberries, on something fried. Come on, you can't beat it."

It's what keeps people coming back to celebrations like these year after year.

"See all the families and the parades," said Highland resident Gina Dimmitt. "See the little kids getting their Fourth of July on. It's one of my favorite holidays."

Fontana also held the third annual "Red, White and Cruise" classic car show at the Auto Club Speedway. The celebration will be followed by fireworks spectacular at 9:15 p.m. Viewers are encouraged to wear 3D glasses during the event. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.


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