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Patriotic crowds gather at ELHS

Logan Harris, above gets her face painted at the East Lincoln fireworks celebration. Below, Robbie Rudisill, 11, stops to watch a magic trick by Roger Benfield’s Magic Shows. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

Uncle Sam greeted festival goers as they walked into East Lincoln High School stadium Saturday for the annual Independence Day celebration.
The stadium stands were a mix of red, white and blue with people dressed in their patriotic attire.
Children enjoyed face painting, jumping on the bouncy rides and visiting the clown for a balloon animal.
Barbara and Richard Rumple, residents of Denver, were ready to celebrate in their matching American flag shirts.
“We wear our matching shirts every year,” Barbara said.
The couple said this was their third year attending the Denver Business Association’s community fireworks celebration. They brought their three grandchildren from Charlotte who were busy enjoying all the vendors.
“We love being together like this,” Barbara said. “I think it’s fantastic for the children.”
Lots of the attraction for the children was being held at the “Funny Business” booth where face painting and balloon animals were being made.
Brenda Fisher of Huntersville had her grandson Aaron at the booth. He was getting his face painted as an American flag.
Her other grandson, Jaylon, stood proud beside him with his black balloon sword. Later on, Jaylon got his face painted as an American flag as well.
Fisher said she loves coming to the East Lincoln High School fireworks display.
“It is close to Huntersville,” she said. “We come to it because we like a small gathering.”
Candy Wilson of Iron Station and Maxine Connell of Denver stood in line waiting for coffee from one of the vendors.
They noticed how much the festival has grown over the years.
“They have a lot more vendors this year,” Connell said.
Wilson said she always enjoys the crowd at the stadium and watching the people.
This year, the music from Shu filled the stadium as well as D.J. Darin Henley.
Many of the festival goers spent the day eating chocolate covered bananas, funnel cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Later in the evening the crowds enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display.
by Amy Wadsworth

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