FREDERICKTOWN — Family-friendly activities were featured during the Fourth of July celebration held in Fredericktown on Monday. Hundreds of people flocked to Fredericktown Community Park to enjoy a picture-perfect sunny day with friends and family to observe Independence Day.
The annual softball tournament was in full swing in the afternoon, and free swimming in Sockman Lake gave everyone a chance to cool off. A penny scramble for the youngsters attracted quite a crowd, and those participants who found a red, white and blue penny earned a dollar bill in addition to the pennies they discovered hiding in the grass. For the older set there was bingo, sponsored by the Fredericktown Community Fire District. Proceeds from the bingo games benefit the Fredericktown Firefighters Association including programs that provide fans for residents in need, a Christmas toy drive, support to the local food bank and other projects.
While many individuals brought their own picnic fare, others lined up at the food booths sponsored by the Fredericktown Lions Club and the Batemantown, Berlin and Waterford United Methodist churches.
One group was simply enjoying the day and each others’ company. Gene, Diane and Joe Rine and Adrian Simmons said they were having fun watching all the people, liked all the activities that were going on and were looking forward to enjoying music of the Southbound Band.