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Annual Firecracker Fest set for July 1
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Kensley Lloyd, 3, and mom Shelby team up to urge their bullfrog along in the annual frog jumping contest during the Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek Regional Park.

Firecracker Fest 2023 is set for July 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Mill Creek Regional Park. There will be inflatables, vendors, the annual frog jumping contest, live music, food vendors and, of course, the all-important fireworks display as soon as it's dark. 

At 5, the greased pole will open on Field 5, along with the kids' activity field. The frog jumping contest will begin at 5:30, along with live music by the Fantasy Band, on Field 1.  The band will play again at 7:45.

To participate in the frog jumping contest, you can compete in one of two age divisions: 10 years and under, and 11 years and older. There will also be prizes for largest, smallest or most unique frog. 

At 7 p.m., the May Belles will take the stage on Field 1. The May Belles will also sing the national anthem at 9:15, in preparation for the fireworks display. 

Full concessions will be available at the hub building, located between Fields 1-5. Child safety armbands are available at the information tent or the tent on the games field. The bands display parental contact in the event that parent and child are separated. 

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While trying their hand at the greased pole, Miyuanna Neloms, Taneal Ward and Tieyah Goodwin keep an eye on their competition.
Ace Bourgeois, 17, wears his patriotism behind his ear as he anticipates the fireworks display.
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