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Celebrating the Fourth

July 5, 2010

DOLLAR BAY - The Fourth of July was celebrated all over the Copper Country, and despite heat during the entire weekend and a little bit of rain Sunday, events were expected to run smoothly.

In Dollar Bay, dozens of kids took part in the kids' games in the park near the fire hall, which included a potato sack race, three-legged races and watermelon eating contests.

"This is usually a fiasco with watermelon flying everywhere," said Donny Ebert of the Dollar Bay Fire Department, which put on the kids events. A tray stacked high of watermelon was set out and kids of all ages took part in the eating contest.

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Giselle Wiitanen, 4, from the Houghton Canal, was the sole participant in the 4- and 5-year-olds watermelon eating contest in Dollar Bay Saturday, and therefore was also the recipient of the cash prize.

Sarah Beck, of Laurium, was running to the forest to spit out her seeds before returning to the festivities.

"Today, we're here to play games, have a good time and celebrate the Fourth of July," Beck said. "It's great here and I'm having fun. I'm hanging out with the family, having a good meal and playing some games."

Even though she didn't win, Beck said she had the most fun participating in the potato sack race.

"It's just the fun of it," she said.

Other events in Dollar Bay over the weekend included the street dance, chicken barbecue, parade and music in the park, Ebert said.

Events, such as parades and fireworks shows, took place throughout the weekend in Ahmeek, Baraga, Copper Harbor, Gay, Hubbell-Tamarack, Lake Linden, Mohawk, South Range and Twin Lakes.

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