July 15, 2011 by wcobserver
By Steve “Dud” Winkler
WINSLOW – All the elements came together for a perfect Fourth of July celebration this month at Winslow’s Ball Park. An estimated 500 people filled the park with all the family fun residents of this part of the county have come to expect.
The afternoon activities got off to a fast start with the annual turtle race, soon followed by the horseshoe tournaments, bingo and kids’ games. Children from toddlers to teens dominated the sandboxes and ball field as the adults of all ages socialized over hotdogs and sodas.
As evening drew nigh, the crowd swelled. At dusk spectators were treated to a spectacular first class fireworks display under the direction of certified pyro-technician Jerry Kidder.
Local resident John Ford thanked Kidder on his facebook link “for making the fourth so memorable,” noting that, “Jerry outdid himself again. The Fireworks were spectacular.”
The Fourth of July celebration has been a community event in Winslow for generations. Local resident and unofficial historian Barbara Ashbaugh was sporting a tee shirt from the 1987 Fourth of July “Winslow Expo.” She said in years past it was a daylong event sponsored by different groups including the Health Council. The current celebration is sponsored by the City of Winslow with help from the Library and Community Meals.
The kids had a big day of fun and competition. Jayden Branson and Haley Reed were co-winners of water balloon toss. Dakota Turley won the Big Kids Hula Hoop contest while Haley Reed and Arya Scoville won the Little Kids competition. The winner of the Turtle Race was Dasha Turley.
Grown-ups hit the pits competing in two categories of Horseshoes competition. The main Tournament in which the prize money is split between the winners and the Library was won by Calvin Reed. The “buy-in” tournament in which winners split the pot was won by John James and Samantha Hughes.
Winslow resident, Ron Scoville summed up what appeared to be the consensus of the day “We’re having a blast, we always have a good time on the Fourth, my wife and I come every year.”