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A festive Fourth

Friday’s events including a parade, festival, cake contest, election of the “Guv’na” of Lutz and road races, will be on U.S. Highway 41 and Lutz-Lake Fern Road, around the Train Depot.

The day begins with the cake contest registration from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Cake entries also will be accepted from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave. NW.

A 5K race starts at 8 a.m. and a one-mile family fun run/walk is 8:45 a.m. Awards in the 5K race will be presented at 9:30 a.m.

A 9 a.m. a flag raising ceremony is planned and the parade, featuring more than 85 units, is at 10 a.m., said Shirley Simmons, a member of the volunteer committee organizing the event.

She said the parade will pay tribute to the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department, which served the area until 2013, when Hillsborough County took over the responsibility.

“We’ll have lots of fire trucks,” she said.

While the other activities are underway, candidates for the honorary title of Guv’na will be collecting votes – in the form of cash donations – with the winning candidate inaugurated after 11 a.m.

The Guv’na contest is sponsored by the Lutz Civic Association, with all donations returned to community groups, such as Scout troops, and community beautification projects.

Candidates are

♦ Liane Caruso, the owner of Limelight Marketing Consultants, a full-service marketing firm, based in Lutz.

♦ Susan Gulash, chief executive officer of Gulash Graphics as well as founder and publisher of Florida Creative Living Magazine.

♦ Jay Muffly, who has been involved in many community organizations including the Lutz Civic Association, the Lutz Volunteer Fire Association and the Lutz Nature Park.

♦ Cindy Perkins, a chiropractor and the owner of Back In Health Wellness Center in Lutz

♦ Jerome Smalls, who owns the Soccer Gemz of Lutz with his wife, Marchele.

During the parade and festival, food items and drinks will be available for sale from the Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, Boy Scout Troop 12 and a variety of vendors.

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