Another successful Fourth of July

Thousands of people – county residents and visitors to the area – visited Betts Park last weekend for the annual Fourth of July Celebration, complete with midway rides, food and music.

Bands entertained crowds each evening, with “American Ride” Friday, “Tennessee Back Porch” Saturday and Warren’s own “Temple Gray” on Sunday.

Bates Brothers Amusements provided a ferris wheel and merry-go-round and more amusement rides as well as games, food vendors and a bounce house. Everything from corn dogs to pizza kept the crowds happy.

A spectacular fireworks show lit up the sky Saturday night. The exceptional display was provided by Gibson Fireworks.

The celebration culminated Sunday with a “radiantly beautiful and superbly majestical” musical presentation by the DayStar Laser Company. Spectators took chairs and blankets to sit and enjoy this breathtaking show. The laser show featured Frankenstein, Edgar Winter; Highway to a Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins; ROCK in the USA, John Cougar Mellencamp; Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle, A. Tippin; God Bless the USA, Lee Greenwood; Armed Forces Medley; God Bless America, LeAnn Rimes; and the 1812 Overture performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

For the outdoor lovers, Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center from Olean, N.Y., brought some live birds Saturday, a barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, great horned owl, harris hawk, red tail hawk, snow owl, and turkey vulture, for people to view. Eagle Dream is a nonprofit organization dedicated toward saving injured birds and other small animal life. They rehabilitate these birds and animals so they can be released back into nature.

Food included taffy, kettle corn, funnel cakes, Italian sausage, Philly cheese steaks, mini donuts, hot dogs and more.

Shoppers found everything from iron works to glow sticks.

Plans for next year’s event are already underway, with the Fourth of July Parade on Saturday in 2015.

2014 FOURTH OF JULY WINNERS

Parade floats

Service: Special Olympics, first; AMVETS, second; Free Methodist Church, third.

Youth: YMCA, first; Dairy Princesses, second; Martial Arts Academy, third.

Commercial: Northwest Savings Bank, first; United Refinery Company, second; Whirley DrinkWorks!, third.

Marching bands, drum and baton corps, dance teams, cheer, gymnastics:

High school: Maplewood High School.

Drum and bugle corps: Excelsior, first; Johnsonburg Grey Knights, second; Mon Valley, third.

Baton corps: Kidnetixs.

Dance team, cheer, gymnastics: Dance Express, first; Warren Area High School, second; Sparkettes, third.

AT BETTS PARK

Cornhole: Dennis Blankenship and Chuck Hazeltine, “DC Baggers,” first; Mike Snyder and Larry Marie, “It’s in the Hole,” second; and John Passinger and Jamie Passinger, “Miller Time,” third.

Cutest baby contest (with 40 participants), 0-6 months: cutest smile, Evelina Carlson, daughter of Gabby Geotz and Tim Carlson; pretttiest eyes; Ryan Feely, four months, son of Kate and Dave Feely; most content, Myla Lyle, two months, daughter of Kristen Stanko and Colby Lyle; most patriotic, Scarlett White, two months, daughter of Josh and Valarie White.

6-12 months: cutest smile, Autumn Filiatrault, seven months, daughter of Marissa Filiatrault; prettiest eyes, Lily Arthur, nine months, daughter of Ryan and Emily Arthur; most hair, Emma Cristea, nine months, daughter and Joe and Ashley Cristea; most patriotic, Ellie Allen, nine months, daughter of Chad and Sierra Allen.

1-2 years: Cutest smile and most patriotic, Alexis Welch, 15 months, daughter of Scott Welch and Sammy Skinner; prettiest eyes, Myckenzie Hinton, 1 year; daughter of Ashley Hallett; most energetic, Romeo Garay, 18 months, son of Lacy Abraham and Jorge Garay.

2-3 years: prettiest eyes, Kyerstin Rounds, 3, daughter of Krystal Beil; most patriotic, Payton Shirley, 3, son of Jennifer Shirley.

KIDS ZONE

Coloring contest: girls under 5: Lillian Moiff; boys under 5, Gabriel Dougherty; ages 5-6, Kalinda; ages 7 to 9, Ariana Gilger; ages 10 to 12, Alicia Garrett.

Watermelon eating contest, Saturday, kids only winner, Miley Bailey.

Watermelon eating contest, Sunday: under 6, Emma Campbell, 4; ages 6-10, Zachary Cornell, 8; ages 11 to 16, Erica Bates, 11; adult, James Cornell.

Guessing game (tootsie roll jar), Brooklyn Holmes.

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Velma Koebley, $5,000

Brenda Jones, Northwest Savings Bank $1,000 savings bond

Amber and Frank Hunter, YMCA membership

Mary Lynn Salerno, Jock Shop bicycle

Anthony Albanesc, Ohio, Warren Tire Center car detailing

Bill Fehrenbach, Modern Edge gift card

Rick Gustafson, Mullen’s Care Care inspection

Renee Lang, West End Takeout pizza, wings

Ann Rossman, Suppa Gas Station, $50

Ted Eldridge, Ace Hardware $50

David Litzginger, Cable Hollow Golf Course golf

G. Sedlak, John Paul, Dona Kitcko and Terri Herrick, Yankee Bush Productions tickets

Joyce Christy, Pittsburgh, Howe’s True Value weedeater

Betty Hill, Gretchn Morrison, Dane Bennett and Dennis Bullock, Thorne’s BiLo $50

Daniel Oberg, Watt Office Supply chair

Cathy Dinsmoor, Snap Fitness three months

James Saporito, Maryland, Tractor Supply $25

L. Westmoreland, Georgia, United Refining $100

Betty Sanford and Michael Smith, Sheetz $25

Janice Armstrong, Blair $100

Diane Edwards, Ralphe’s Pub $50

James Munksgard, Virginia, Christie’s Pub $50

Jean Buerke, Tranquility Spa $100

Rachel Freehling, Huey’s Place $50

Tom Miller, 5th Avenue Cakeworks gift card

Bill Caldwell, Mattress & More recliner

Louella Zobrist, Crones’ Drug Store $20

Joni Rich, Gatesway Cleaning $25

Karen McIntyre, Virg Ann Flowers & Gifts, $50

Minor Kaltenbach, Warren County Fair tickets

Jackie Franklin, Rae Kujawa, Lowe’s $35

Tessa Wenzel, Bob Evans $20

Alice Tranter, Blueberry Hill Golf Course gift card

Theresa Brown, Shoe Sensation $50