Jacksonville has a tradition for celebrating Independence Day. The week leading up to July 4 was filled with activities for all ages, including some four-legged friends.

Those who took part in Bark in the Park on June 30 at the Frog Town Soccer Complex brought a bag of dog food as the entrance fee. Twelve cans and one bag of dog food will be donated to the animal shelter.

The Overall Dog winner was Willow, a border collie/Spitz mix. Willow’s owners are DJ Lashus and Haley Hendrix. Overall Puppy winner was a German shepard who goes by the name of Boone and is owned by Alex Burroughs.

Ten puppies and dogs entered the contest.

The Toddler Challenge was July 1. Overall winner was 2-year-old Vay Huff, 3-year-old Devin Dean, 4-year-old Aiden Williams and 5year-old Hayden Hartzog.

Nineteen children ranging in age from 2-5 years of age participated in long jump shot out, obstacle course, and 20 yard dash. Isabel Mason did the running of the torch.

Splish Splash Fun Day at the city pool was July 2, complete with wacky wet water games. Admission was $1 per person. About 300 persons attended throughout the day. There was a live remote by K98, and contests were from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There were plenty of water games, including hula hoop contests. Winners of some of the contests received tickets to Lake Winnie near Chattanooga.

Riley Green headed up Jax Fest at the Golden Eagle Stadium on July 3. Prior to fireworks at 9 p.m., there were vendors, carnival style games, a jump house and a slide. The Calhoun County Community Band performed.

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