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A weekend of free fun

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By The Staff

Thousands of people showed up last weekend for what many claim is the largest July Fourth Celebration in the state.

Indeed, how many such celebrations can lay claim to a visit from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell?

Regardless of all the dignitary participation, the four days worth of events attract people from all walks of life. Where else can one celebrate for four days at no cost?

For those of you who took the time to partake in some or all of the multitude of events scheduled as part of this year's Fourth of July Celebration, we know you were as impressed as we were.

With all of the events on Friday evening to a day of back-to-back activities on Saturday, then Sunday's gospel music concert and Monday's performance by the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes ... there had to be something to attract most anyone.

The hot-air balloons are a popular sight in the skies over the weekend. The food court and marketplace booths seemed to be even better than last year.

We're out of breath just mentioning all the fun activities for families to enjoy.

Mother Nature also cooperated this year, keeping the rain at bay.

While no event involving thousands of people will be perfect, the Fourth of July Board certainly did an outstanding job.

But it takes the work of many volunteers to pull off such a hit - and a hit it definitely is. And the best of all ... it's free.