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Dillon pleased with turnout over Fourth of July weekend

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Special to the DailyTwo young participants get ready to rumble at Dillon's old-fashioned watermelon-eating contest at Town Park on the Fourth of July.

DILLON – With its second-ever military celebration, “Never Forget: An Evening of Tribute,” kicking off Dillon’s Fourth of July weekend, the town was filled to the brim.

Town event director Susan Fairweather said 8,000-plus people showed up for the military recognition ceremony July 2, with just a smidgen more attendees than last year. The holiday-themed celebration was not only a huge draw for locals and visitors to the county, but it was also hugely supported by numerous local veterans.

“The military recognition event was wonderful,” Fairweather said. “As always, the people of Summit County really stepped up to honor our veterans, those who are active, those are missing, and those who have died before us. And the fireworks display was just fabulous.”

The Town of Dillon began honoring its men and women of the military with “An Evening of Tribute” last summer, right before the Fourth, and officials plan to make it a yearly event to kick off its other festivities.

“Here in Dillon, we had all the old-fashioned activities,” Fairweather said. “Town Park was packed with people, lots of families. And the bike parade was huge!”

Fairweather estimated more than 100 kids were in the Independence Day bike parade, up from 75 in 2009.

Another draw for Dillon was its first-ever bocce-ball tournament on July 4.

“It was really popular,” Fairweather said. “And one of the winners had never played before. That speaks to the fact that it’s a game anyone can play.”

Dillon recently finished installing bocce-ball courts at Town Park, and the Fourth of July event was its inaugural tournament, open to all. Other tournaments will be held for members of the Summit County Bocce Club.

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at crow@summitdaily.com.

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