Bikini parade is on but participants are in short supply

Madison Lake couldn't stop the tanning salon owner who hopes to organize the world's largest parade of bikini-clad women at Saturday's Paddlefish Days festival. But the 40 women who've signed up is far short of the record of 450.
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Madison Lake couldn't stop the tanning salon owner who hopes to organize the world's largest parade of bikini-clad women at Saturday's Paddlefish Days festival. But the 40 women who've signed up is far short of the record of 450.

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