Celebrating the 4th

This year’s annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival was deemed an overall success by organizers as the event culminated with a fireworks display Monday night.
“We had a few spells of high heat, but overall the weather cooperated very well,” St. Joe Fourth of July past chair Tom Vehorn said. “We had a large crowd that was very enthusiastic in participating in the different events we had.”
Vehorn said the motorcycle poker run that began at 1 p.m. Monday was well attended, as well as the kiddie tractor pulls held Monday and the tractor and truck pull held Sunday.
While official attendance is not tracked, Vehorn said that the crowd appeared to be approximately the same size as the previous year for the 61st year of the annual celebration.
“Everyone is flocking in for the fireworks show tonight right now,” Vehorn said, noting admission is free. “We expect the usual large crowd. We try to keep it a family-oriented event.
“Attendance varies with the weather and the weather cooperated, so there were a lot of families coming the past two days for a good time,” he said.
Vehorn said that all money raised from the festival goes to the church. It is used to fund the parish and various local missions that the church supports.
“All the money that is raised from the festival stays in our community,” Vehorn said. “It is used for various local missions that we support.”