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HOWLAND – After more than a year of uncertainty, Howland officials are calling on the community to come together to celebrate as summer ends with a “The community comes together” Party.

The event will take place Saturday from 3 p.m. in and around Richard Orwig Park at the intersection of Willow and East Market streets. Events will take place until 7:30 p.m.

Officials said the festival will include a parade, music, activities and food.

The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. from the former Marching Band parking lot near Willow Drive and continue south on Willow, west on East Market Street and north on Shaffer Drive. Programming starts at 2:30 p.m.

Officials said the parade route was different from the past.

School and spiritual groups, sports teams, businesses and community members are invited to participate. Vintage cars and costumed pets are welcome. Contact Board Chairman Matt Vansuch at [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

After the parade at 4 p.m., there will be free activities for families, including acrobatic karate demonstrations, a performance by students from the Amanda Beagle studio, and dance lessons from Krystie’s Dance Academy. The Howland Historical Society will offer games and activities, while Howland Scout Troop 122 and 28 and Pack 122 will have exhibits and activities. American Legion Post 700 will have a Wall of Honor.

Various food trucks will be at the park before the parade until 7:30 p.m.

The musical performance of the Dave Kana Trio will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A “movie under the stars” with presentation of “Raya and the last dragon” will play on a 26 inch screen. The Howland Schools PTO will have refreshments and concessions available.

The township did not hold the annual July 4 celebration due to the uncertainty of the pandemic earlier this year and events needing to be scheduled in advance.

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