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4th of July celebration picks up Sunday on Liberty Street

Morgan Lemmon (Snow White), Maribeth Miller (Elsa), and Lucy Belleau (Ana) were three of several Enchanted Fairy Tale Troupe characters on hand Sunday.

Warren County’s Fourth of July celebration is off to a good start.

Renee Geckle, who helped organize Sunday’s Liberty Street events said Sunday afternoon that “everyone’s been happy, especially the kids.” The events scheduled for Sunday included a karaoke and red, white and blue baking contest, as well as a “kids zone” with face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, slides, and crafts.

“There’s been a lot of kids,” said Geckle, who added that a large crowd was expected for Sunday night’s Porcelain Bus Drivers performance.

Monday will see the festivities continue, with a new venue. All of Sunday’s bouncy houses, slides, balloon animals, and face painting will be at Betts Park on Monday. Also at the park will be the Allegheny River Dancers, with performances at 1 and 3 p.m., and Tamarack Wildlife Center’s Birds of Prey demonstrations at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

There will also be chainsaw carving demonstrations from 2 to 4 p.m., and the kids’ activities will go from 2 to 8 p.m., said Warren County Fourth of July Organization member Kelly Thompson.

Also scheduled for Monday at Betts is the annual Cutest Baby contest, with registration from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 4 p.m. in the Bocce Pavilion in the kids zone, said Thompson. Age categories are 0 to 3 months, 4 to 6 months, 7 to 12 months, 13 to 23 months, and two to three years. Judging categories include “cutest smile,” “prettiest eyes,” “most content,” “most hair,” and “most energetic.” Prizes, said Thompson, will be awarded after each age group.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Mick Hayes will perform, followed by Madison Rising from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Food and craft vendors will be available from 2 to 10 p.m.

At 10 p.m. the annual fireworks display will be presented. According to Thompson, anyone within a one-mile radius can tune their radios to 92.9 f.m. to hear the music to which the fireworks display is set this year. Warren’s Fourth of July Celebration will end on Tuesday, July 4 with the pre-parade show from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the viewing platform on Pennsylvania Ave. West, followed by the 70th annual Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. and the grand prize drawing held immediately afterward.

John Hyde, Warren County Fourth of July Organization member, estimated that around 1,000 tickets have already been sold. “The donations have been really generous this year,” said Hyde, adding that over 60 prizes will be awarded at the end of the parade on Tuesday.

For more information and a full schedule of events visit warrenpajuly4th.com.

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