Tykes on their tricolored bikes enjoy the Fourth of July VillageFest parade in Prairie Village

As the 11:15 a.m. parade start time grew close, moms and dads focused on their duties as pit crew team members, hustling to outfit the rigs in tricolor crepe paper, tinsel garland, spangled bows and cardboard stars, all under the supervision of their children. “Life is all about having fun, and VillageFest is a great way of bringing the community together,” Carey Bickford said.

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Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Twins game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Saturday night’s Royals-Twins game for live stats and updates from The Star’s sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. on the Fox network (WDAF-TV, Channel 4 in Kansas City).

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Fireworks, festivals and fun: Our guide to the weekend’s Independence Day events

The biggest July Fourth celebrations will be KC RiverFest at Berkley Riverfront Park, the Star Spangled Spectacular at Coroporate Woods in Overland Park and Jackson County’s Fourth of July Celebration at Longview Lake. But not all the celebrations will include fireworks, and they won’t all be on the actual holiday.

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