|Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle|
| There were many things to do at Blast and Beulah on July 4, and children and adults alike flocked to the face painting station to have their patriotism shown proudly. Above, Jocelynn Lankford seems very pleased with the temporary fireworks painting on her cheek.
| Before the fireworks display took place, many people found different things to do to pass the time. Some got their face painted, played putt-putt, got into an inflatable to bounce around, and others decided to play sports. Shown here, 6-year-old Nathan Buck gets ready launch the football at his friends.
| There were plenty of toys, and even a playground available to keep younger children occupied before the fireworks began, but those could not hold the interest of 2-year-old Matthew Hanna. He spent most of his playtime splashing about in a rain puddle that had not dried out from the downpour that occurred earlier on July 4.
|Three-year old Joey Gebhart and 1-year-old Jason Lankford share toys in a playpen before the fireworks began at Blast at Beulah.|