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July 4 events draw crowd
Aidan and Ainsley Bateman got a ride to the Fourth of July festivities - photo by Photo by Katie McGurl
Area residents flocked to J.F. Gregory Park by the thousands on Saturday, decked in patriotic apparel and accessories, to celebrate Independence Day at the Old Time Family Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks.
Families, friends and neighbors convened with coolers, flag-draped wagons and even dogs in tow to enjoy the festivities. With dozens of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, contests such as “Richmond Hill Idol,” games, pony rides, inflatable rides, a dunk tank and more, the festival offered something for everyone.
Those who attended the event, hosted by the Richmond Hill Recreation Association (RHRA), enjoyed a beautiful day, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures.
“The weather is just picture-perfect,” said RHRA Vice President David Minning at the event. “Everyone’s having fun. I’m looking forward to the bands and fireworks tonight, and there’s no rain in the forecast.”
When night fell, fireworks lit up the sky. RHRA representatives estimated 5,000-6,000 people were present for the dazzling culmination of the event.
RHRA President and event coordinator Shelly Sauls deemed the festival a success.
“It turned out really well, better than I expected, and it ran pretty smooth,” she said. “For the most part, I think everybody enjoyed it.”
Sauls thanked the city of Richmond Hill for putting on the fireworks show and being a sponsor. She also thanked the rest of the sponsors and volunteers, as well as David Gramazio and Gary Lindsay of the bands Perception and Fun-House, who performed free of charge.
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