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Eureka’s Old Town Fourth of July Festival draws out thousands

EUREKA- In Eureka residents celebrated Independence Day with a Fourth of July Festival in Old Town.

By noon on Friday, officials said attendance had already reached 6,000 as citizens from across the United States celebrated America’s birthday in the heart of Old Town.

“We came here to see all of the booths, and see all of the music and entertainment and Polynesian dancing,” said the Larwin family who has just moved to the city from Idaho.

The event featured local bands, carnival rides and games, a puppet show, face painting and a petting zoo for kids. The festival also offered several types of food favorites from Indian tacos, to sno-cones and more.

Attendees also had the chance to visit 96 vendor booths varying from homemade accessories to local art. The permanent shops on 2nd Street were also open for browsers.

“This is our favorite event of the year,” said Aozan Richardson from The Vanishing Aisle vendor booth. “We do about 30 events a year depending and it's really not about the money for us. This is the most fun I believe you can have in Humboldt County.”