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Cicero celebrates with Community Festival

The 15th annual Cicero Community Festival had various competitions, venders, food and activities that lasted from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. this Saturday. From the onset the festival was bustling with activity; at 11 a.m. the parking lot behind Sacred Heart Church on Route 11 was nearly filled to capacity.

At 11:30 a.m. the Miss Cicero Pageant began on the main stage. The 12 ladies competed in beach wear and formal wear segments, a speech, question and answer sessions. Various dance routines including, tap, acro and modern jazz were performed in between the contestants events. Eventually, Kara Cumoletti was crowned Miss Cicero 2007.

"I was truly inspired by all of the contestants, all of their answers to the questions I asked amazed me," said Tracy Cosilman, town clerk and contest judge. "It wasn't just about their beauty on the outside but really on the inside. The family values that they spoke of are so important, that's what I hope they hold onto."

After the pageant there was the Cicero Star Search competition amongst a multitude of activities for kids and adults alike.

Over 40 vendors set up tents to sell merchandise. Buffalo Wild Wings had a table set up to taste its various sauces on tortilla chips. Karate John's and Lavalle's set up a booth that did numerous karate demonstrations throughout the day. The CanTeen Center sponsored the Fun-Zone, an area for children to play comprised of various blow-up bouncy houses. A number of bands played throughout the day.

At 6 p.m. the vendors started to pack up shop and the people began to filter out to Route 11 to watch the parade. Over 100 entries into the parade made for a cavity-inspiring experience for children lining the streets as several of them literally filled their book bags with candy. A number of local politicians joined in the parade.

The onset of nightfall made way for a fireworks show that concluded the festival. Children and adults alike came back to the festival grounds behind the Sacred Heart Church to watch the half-hour fireworks display.

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