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Holiday event has good turnout

East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

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Saturday marked the first Fourth of July celebration hosted by the Fourth of July Party Committee and it went off without a hitch. The Fourth of July party was big with more than 20» different vendors and free games for kids.

"I am so glad to see this many people here, especially this early and in this heat, I am happy to see that people are out here celebrating freedom," said Caroline Wagner, owner of the Dragonfly Cafe and member of the Fourth of July Party Committee.

Everyone stayed fed, hydrated and entertained on Saturday. Even in the hottest hours of the day, people showed up in support of the celebration.

The event began at 2 p.m. and had a number of booths and vendors for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the activities on Saturday were face painting by Houston Face Painting (an award-winning artist in the craft), professional clowns, Uncle Sam juggling stilt walker, balloon artist, game truck, dunking booth, magic show, bubble show, photo booth, Chinese calligraphy (washable) tattoos, washer tournament, bingo, dominoes and karaoke.

The Glen Flora Volunteer Fire Dept. had a dunking booth donated by Moonwalks-N-More.

People stood and watched while members of the Glen Flora VFD got dunked into the huge water tank Brooke Ochoa of El Campo also had her own booth at the celebration. Ochoa owns Arts of Utopia a small photography business and each year she takes pin up photos for a calender she makes, sells and sends to the troops. All proceeds from the calendars go to charity.

Chris Suter with the U.S. Army and TADSAW (train a dog, save a warrior) was there to raise money to start training another dog to help out a veteran.

TADSAW provides at no cost to veterans a specially-trained medical alert service dog.

At 4 p.m, Calling of the Colors under the direction of Greg Bios from the No. 223 DAV/Fort Bend Rotary began, Maya Hernandez sang the National Anthem, a prayer for peace in our nation and Wharton County was said, Frank Garza and the Military Riders made an appearance.

Tejano music played throughout the day from Wolfpak Radio and live music from various local artists started playing at around 5 p.m. and ran late into the night.

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Original Publication Date: July 7, 2016

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