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Edgar Springs July 4th celebration

Photo by Christy Porter
The Grand Marshalls for the Edgar Springs Fourth of July parade this year were former Missouri State Representative Jerry McBride and Hazel (Webb) Huskey, who owned and operated Webb’s Grocery for many years.
By Shari Harris, Co-Publisher

and Christy Porter, Managing Editor

The Edgar Springs For The Kids (ESFTK) Auxiliary organized an Independence Day celebration for the town of Edgar Springs. The day started with a parade through town, with a special stop to honor veterans, especially Lewis Mansfield, who, at the age of 91, was able to ride in the parade and receive this surprise tribute.
Photo by Shari Harris
Lewis Mansfield received a special, surprise tribute during the parade, for his service to our country in WWII.
Mansfield was a WWII paratrooper who fought with the 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles, in many major engagements, especially towards the end of the conflict.  
Photos by Shari Harris and Christy Porter
Following the parade, the Auxiliary members scrambled to the city park to fix hot dogs, hamburgers, walking tacos and more as people arrived for fun and games. Several children participated in a bicycle race, with Bernie Mace winning the boys’ race, Ryder Riveland finished second, and Josh White third. The girls’ race had Addy Riveland winning, Malorie Gibbs second, and Clara Harris third.
Photo by Shari Harris
Bernie Mace proved his determination to win the boys’ bike race, finishing with a good lead.
Next was the watermelon eating contest. In the 4 to 6-year-old contest, Amelia and Reagan each finished 1-1/2 slices for first place, and Rosie finished one slice. The 7 to 10-year olds were more serious about winning, and Bernie finished 13 slices, followed by Clara and JD. Oriona won in the 11 to 13 year old category, followed by Mackenzie and Emily. The 14 to 17-year olds competed hard, with Dakota winning with 19 slices consumed followed by Laikin and Weston. After watching the kids compete and hearing their complaints about their stomachs hurting at the end, it was difficult finding adults willing to try. Sally Carroll gave it a try, and to give her sister a little friendly competition, Chasity Boettcher joined in. This sibling rivalry had everyone cheering them on, and when the rinds were counted, Chasity came out ahead.
Photo by Shari Harris
These 4 to 6-year-olds took the time to enjoy the watermelon-eating contest. Amelia, left, and Reagan, right, each finished 1-1/2 slices and Rosie, facing them, finished a slice.

Two bounce houses were set up for the little ones, and a game shooting bottles off ledges with Nerf guns was a big hit.
Photo by Shari Harris
Obadiah Hamilton looks surprised 
to be airborne on the bounce house slide.
Vendors included Food for Your Soul Catering with owner/chef Catherine D. Crump, offering spices, flavored pickles and Bacon Jam (of course it’s delicious, it’s bacon). Another vendor offered assorted items including rabbits, wire art, knives, string art, painted animal skulls and more. And a third vendor had everything fried you really don’t need but want anyway - deep-fried Oreos, spiral cut potatoes, funnel cake, and a snow cone to wash it down. The ESTFK crew was also feeding the crowd, and in the evening offered a pulled pork dinner.
Dead Roads provided the evening entertainment, with a music mix of Rock, Alternative Country, Classic Rock and Southern Rock.
The grand finale was the fireworks. Despite a couple of misfires (on a very humid day), the crew did a great job with the display, and the crowd enjoyed it. The ESTFK Auxiliary and all of the volunteers should be commended for the time and effort they put into making everyone’s Fourth of July a great celebration.
Photos by Shari Harris


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