Our Fourth of July

We attended the 32nd Annual Fourth of July at Charlton Park this year with David’s family. Charlton Park is in Hastings, Michigan and has the cutest little village museum.  Historic buildings were moved onto the park property including a blacksmith shop, school house, town hall, barber shop, hardware store, and several others.


Historic Charlton Park


Carpenter shop at Charlton Park


I was excited to see the print shop museum! {PS. The awesome shirt is from!}


At the print shop in Charlton Park


Be still my heart:


Typeset drawer


We arrived in time for the old-timey contests. There were 3 age divisions for most of the games. Ben, Sam, and David all participated in the watermelon eating contest – no hands allowed!


Ben at the watermelon eating contest


Watermelon eating


David water melon eating contest


David, Ben, and Mom entered the freckle contest. The Benedicts have a long history of winning the freckle contest. Lorraine took first place the past several years.


Freckle contest


There was hay bale throwing:


Hay bale throwing


And pie eating:


Ben pie eating contest


Ben was super proud of his two second place ribbons – for the freckle contest and pie eating:


Second place Ben


Sam placed in the watermelon eating contest and hay bale throwing contest:


Sam with ribbons


There was lots to do and see and eat! It was super family friendly and everything was free.


Uncle Sam texting


Later that evening we drove to Battle Creek to watch fireworks. Since Mom works at the base, we had great seats for the show.


Colonel mom


We watched with Mom, Mary, and her fiancé Patrick:


Waiting for fireworks


Waiting for fireworks


The fireworks were from the Battle Creek Balloon Festival:


Battle Creek fireworks


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