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Political candidates celebrate the Fourth of July in Corning

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CORNING, AR (KAIT) - Before all of the fireworks, communities across Region 8 celebrated the Fourth of July with fairs and parades.

Corning celebrated the holiday with its annual parade and a visit from political candidates. 

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Tom Cotton joined the Fourth of July festivities.

"This is one of the great Arkansas traditions on the Fourth of July," Pryor said. "This is a huge parade. Everybody loves to be in northeast Arkansas."

"We reflect on all of the sacrifices that our founding fathers and every generation of Arkansans and Americans before us made so that we can all live the American Dream," Cotton said. 

Gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross also celebrated the Fourth in Corning.?

"Enjoy today, remember what sacrifices have been made for freedom and let's make sure we protect it for the future," Hutchinson said. 

"These are great communities and it really is an example of what's great about America," Ross said. 

These candidates also have a message for their voters. 

"As their next senator, I want to go to Washington to try to change it and make sure that working families are getting a fair shake," Cotton said. 

"I'm not proud of what I see up there [in Washington D.C.], but it takes people who want to make a difference and want to make it better in order for it to get better," Pryor said. "That's what I'm trying to do."

"I look at what's at stake this year and I'm glad people are participating in these kinds of events and encourage people to participate in the political process," Hutchinson said. 

"I want to be the education governor because if you want to talk about hunger, poverty, more, better paying jobs, reducing crime, reducing prison populations, it all started with education," Ross said. 

Politics aside, the candidates shared their fond Fourth of July memories.

"I was on active duty in Afghanistan and we had a few 40 mm grenades and 60 mm mortars with white phosphorous and we would shoot them up in the middle of the night," Cotton said. "That was our version of fireworks."

"I've been coming up this part of the state for the Fourth of July really all of my life and I really love doing it," Pryor said. 

"Twenty-five years ago when I came up here and the traditions is probably as good as a memory as I can have on the Fourth of July," Hutchinson said. 

"Making homemade ice cream and shooting fireworks and roasting hot dogs," Ross said. "It was great times growing up."

These four candidates encourage everyone to get out and vote in the upcoming November election. 

The Fourth of July fun continued in Corning after the parade with live music, carnival rides and a beauty pageant. The city will wrap up its holiday festivities tonight with a fireworks show and a Ford pickup giveaway. 

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