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Happy Birthday, America

Posted: Friday, Jul 5th, 2013

Photos by Theresa Baer/Siuslaw News & Photo by Alicia Hickson/Siuslaw News

Florence was jumping Thursday, the Fourth of July, as area residents and vacationers poured into town. The docks were packed with people for the annual Kiwanis Duck Race, and about 300 people gathered screaming and cheering at Bay and Nopal streets for pie- and watermelon-eating contests, where some competitors were challenged by a watermelon-eating dog who joined in. Plenty of boaters cruised the river, and the new interpretive site by the bridge was filled all day. A great fireworks show that started at 9:30 p.m. brought oohs and ahhs from spectators, in spite of the winds. Photos are, left to right, a young contestant from Massachusetts aces one segment of the pie-eating contest; fireworks show picks up momentum; a local boatsman watches the crowds from the marina. According to Florence Police Lt. John Pitcher, “It looks like (the day) went pretty well.” Police arrested one person early Friday morning for driving under the influence of intoxicants. They also received reports of two incidents of criminal mischief (one broken car window and one broken mailbox), and they responded to two calls about illegal fireworks. Cal Applebee, executive director of the Florence–Area Chamber of Commerce, had a very busy day attending all the holiday events. “It was a good day for Florence,” he said. Of the visitors he spoke with, Applebee said many planned to stay through the weekend for some beach time and the Wings ’n’ Wheels show Saturday. For more Fourth of July photos, go online to Photos at www.TheSiuslawNews.com.

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