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A Fourth of July to remember

The Park Rapids area was booming over the weekend, with residents and tourists alike taking in the many festivities offered.

The weather cooperated and allowed people to enjoy the outdoors by grilling, swimming in the lakes or taking in the sun.

The 31st annual Professional Bull Riders Challenger Tour featured some of the finest bull riders in the country. The crowds were especially enthusiastic this year.

July 4 started out with a bang as drones of people showed up for the Firecracker Foot Race at Heartland Park. It was encouraging to see all that energy early in the day.

It was fun to see the Colt 45 Band reunite to provide entertainment before the parade on Main Avenue. Later on, streets were lined with people eager to watch the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Salute to Our Military parade. The Chamber of Commerce and Park Rapids Rotaract Club did an excellent job organizing the more than 125 entries.

Red Bridge Park was filled for the Park Rapids Community Band performance and Park Rapids Rotary Club fireworks at dusk.

We were especially impressed by this year's fireworks display. The community stepped up to make sure Park Rapids would continue to have an incredible fireworks show.

Individuals donated anywhere from $1 to hundreds to make the event happen.

Nevis continued the Independence Day festivities on Sunday with pig races. More than 1,000 people showed up to watch the young piglets race around a track. We hope this event will return in 2010.

If you missed the weekend's events, don't worry. There are plenty more amazing events offered in the area throughout the summer.

Today, the Hubbard County Fair begins. Make sure to check out the hard work showcased by 4-Hers and take in a ride or two at the carnival.

Menahga's Mid-summer Festival is also this weekend, followed by Nevis Muskie Days and the Lake George Blueberry Festival in upcoming weekends.

Summer has just begun. Make sure to take it in.