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Fourth of July activities will take over Twisp on Thursday.

Line dancers will be stepping lively at the intersection of Glover Street and Second Avenue before the traditional parade begins at 11 a.m., starting from the TwispWorks campus.

Parade participants – and this is very broadly defined in Twisp – should show up at TwispWorks by 10 a.m.

The parade immediately precedes the annual Arts Fest at the town park. The event, whose theme this year is “Art sparks the imagination,” celebrates 30 years of Methow Arts activities.

The fest will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers a variety of hands-on art activities, demonstrations and entertainments for the whole family, as well as local food booths.

Music will be provided by the Gothard Sisters, who specialize in lively Celtic music – and dancing. The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, a Northwest alt-folk trio, returns to the Methow with an acoustic sound that draws from the deep roots of American traditional music. Also on the schedule are DJ SpaceyJ, oriental dance by Salyna’s Scheherazades, and dance music by Deirdre Luvon.

Admission is $5 for kids 6 and up (which includes five free booth tickets) and $7 for adults. Advance tickets and reduced-fee family passes are available at, Twisp Daily Business, and Riverside Printing in Winthrop.

Free tickets are available to clients of The Cove Food Bank, Room One, and the Methow Valley Senior Center, at those locations (all in Twisp).

Volunteers are still needed, and each will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call 997-4004.

The Wagner Memorial Pool will be open for swimmers.

Okanogan County Fire District 6 volunteers will demonstrate their new “Jaws of Life” vehicle extraction tools following the parade. The car-cutting demonstration will be in the vacant lot across from the Methow Valley Inn on Second Avenue.