NAPPANEE — The Parks and Recreation Department of Nappanee ensured a busy day for residents this Fourth of July.

Many adults started out the morning with the annual Big Cup Golf Tournament at McCormick Creek Golf Course, while children were encouraged to sign up for the early morning Nappanee Rotary Junior Olympics.

“It was kind of a low turnout this year,” volunteer Linda Wells said. Still, roughly 35 children attended and were enthusiastic about participating.

Four events rounded out the program. Children were sectioned off in four groups based on age. Then, the groups took turns with a bass toss, long jump, dash and obstacle course.

Youngsters competed for first, second and third place in each age category: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12

“It’s mostly just a fun time to be out,” Wells said.

The day didn’t end for there, though, as the majority of afternoon events were also geared at children and families.

The afternoon featured a free swim and floating obstacle course at the city pool, as well as a parade and other activities put on by the city, including the Little Miss and Mister Firecracker competition.

In the evening, the Kids Firefighter Challenge offered children the opportunity to compete in challenges such as an obstacle course and ladder climb.

The 8th Annual Napp Town Huntdown digital scavenger hunt also was scheduled. Other activites included a cornhole competition and a concert by the Echoes, a Little League All-Star Baseball Game, and a SmartyPants trivia competition.

The city was scheduled to conclude the festivities with fireworks at dusk.

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