Key West Fire/EMS Department Fun Day

The annual Key West Fire/EMS Department Fun Day will be held on Sunday, August 8th from noon until 6:00 PM to support local community organizations!
Fun Day begins with a parade at noon! (Parade lineup: Begins at 11 at the Truck Country Parking Lot.) Parade route map available at
Activities and Concessions at the Key West Fire Station following parade:
  • FREE Inflatables from 1-4pm sponsored by Happy's Place, Jim Small Mac Tools, & Link Hydraulic
  • Face Painting
    Petting Zoo
  • Music
  • Helicopter
  • Concessions provided by local non-profit groups.
 Up to date details are available on Facebook:

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On a completely separate note, have you ever padded an article to increase its word count in order to reach a specific target number? Perhaps while writing a paper in high school or college, you needed some extra words to reach the number the teacher or professor assigned. Or maybe you wanted to improve the look of a paper as it laid out on a page, so you added some extraneous words in order to make the paper look more appealing. Although I can't say with any degree of certainty, I believe padding your word count with unnecessary text would be an example of a workaround, a short-cut someone assigned a minimum word count might take in an effort to meet a requirement. Although I try to avoid padding articles simply to increase their word count, I enjoy seeing examples. If you see specific cases of this practice, please share them with me here. I'd love to see some good ones, as they always make me smile.

The author, Tim Koehler, is a native to the Dubuque area, long-time radio host, dork, father, teller of stories, and bad dad jokes.

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