July 4th celebration a blast for Old Town

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Posted: July 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

A crowd watches the fireworks from the Winchester Star parking lot Wednesday night. They capped the Old Town Winchester’s first Rockin’ Independence Eve celebration. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Derrick Walker (right) glances back as Uncle Sam shouts some encouragement during the Snow White Grill burger eating contest. Contestants had to eat and swallow 10 burgers. The first to do that won the contest. Uncle Sam is played by Army Sgt. Robert Dixon.
Kynleh Turner (left), 6, her sister Madison Silvester, 9, of Strasburg, and their cousin Tre Farrell (center), 5, of Winchester, sport their balloon creations at Old Town Winchester’s Rockin’ Independence Eve celebration on the Loudoun Street Mall Wednesday. They were with their grandmother, Barbara Ganoe. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Autumn Auld, 4, throws a football at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester-Frederick and Clarke County’s quarterback toss game, one of the Wednesday activities. Autumn was with her parents, Kelley and Tony Auld of Gerrardstown, W.Va.
Jacob Ward (left) and his stepdad, Branson Strawderman, chow down during the Snow White Grill burger eating contest. Strawderman won the contest by being the first to down 10 hamburgers.
Brock Lockhart (right) watches as Stephen Carter tosses a bean bag during the MIK Woodworking cornhole tournament on Wednesday.
LEFT: Cash Mills, 6, of Romney, W.Va., watches as magician Taylor Reed tries to pick Mills’ card out of the stack.

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