Our 4th July Celebrations. Pt 3

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Apart from the food on offer there was plenty of entertainment to be had.

We had missed the judging of the fancy dress competition whose theme was An All American Salute To The Cinema, but those contestants who had not opted to change in to something cooler could still be seen mingling with the crowds, we spotted Jack Sparrow, Marilyn Monroe, Beetlejuice and some particularly good horror themed costumes.

At the main stage the crowd was enjoying live music and on the corner of the lake the Disney Radio station crew were doing a great job of entertaining the children with games and competitions. There was a particularly energetic looking Hula Hoop Competition taking place as we passed by.

In the same area you could board the miniature train for a ride around Celebration or for $5 take a wagon ride. If you fancied something a little more personal, or even romantic, then you could choose a carriage ride, reminiscent of those seen in Central Park New York or the cities of the deep south such as Charleston or Savannah.

Outside the former Celebration Cinema a jazz band, bedecked in their July the 4th regalia, were performing for visitors to dance to, and couples seemed confident in their execution of swing style steps.
Beyond the cinema and extending to the entrance of Lakeside Park, was a whole area of inflatables to be enjoyed by young children and some rather bigger kids as well! There was a general play inflatable with slides, tunnels and wobbly obstacles, an inflatable climbing wall suitable for slightly older children and young adults. A slam dunk inflatable made it relatively easy to s ore a basket and then there was the more competitive stuff - The Bungee Run was like a bungee jump in reverse, where competitors wearing protective clothing and helmets ran along an inflatable lane as far as possible before the elastic cord pulled them back. There were attractions reminiscent of The Gladiators TV series, where individuals ' fought' each other with huge inflatable weapons, whilst standing on podium, and tried to be the first to dislodge their opponent.

A similar attraction, adjacent to this one, involved knocking the contestant from their pedestal using swing balls - a bit like human skittles!

A mobile whiteboard, bearing the greeting ' Happy Fourth July' , encouraged members of the crowd to write their own greetings for the day and the children seemed particularly entertained by this.
It was reassuring to see all these activities watched over by the mobile paramedic service whose open truck was filled with modern medical equipment, should it be required if an emergency arose.

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