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Revelers Flock To Downtown For Annual Valley Fourth Event

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Posted: July 5, 2014

Harrisonburg Fire Department trucks make their way down Main Street during Friday’s annual Valley Fourth Parade. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Calob Cowgill, 6, of Staunton, spits a watermelon seed during Friday’s Friendly “Spitty” Seed Spitting Contest at the Valley Fourth Celebration on Court Square. The event was hosted by the Friendly City Food Co-Op and open to children ages 5 to 10.
Valley Fourth attendees watch as Harrisonburg’s annual celebration ends with a bang at Turner Pavilion on Friday night. Events started early with the Valley Fourth Run and the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence on Court Square and continued all day with seed-spitting contests and more.
Valley Fourth volunteer J.M. Snell fills cups with Rocktown Rye at Turner Pavilion on Friday. The brew is the result of a collaboration between Three Brothers Brewing and Pale Fire Brewery.
Eventgoers watch as Valley Fourth ends with a bang at Turner Pavilion.
A motorcyclist with the Proud American Riders displays his patriotism on his bike during the Valley Fourth annual downtown parade on Friday.
Linkin Smith, 4, of Fort Defiance, watches as Raven, a 10-week old cat from the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, plays in her cage during the celebration on Court Square.
Abigail Calfe, 10, of Bristol, Conn., spits a watermelon seed as far as she can during Friday’s Friendly “Spitty” Seed Spitting Contest at the Valley Fourth celebration on Court Square. Children ages 5 to 10 chewed through watermelon before getting to spit seeds for distance and accuracy.
Watermelon and seeds await an eager seed spitter.
Valley Fourth Beers N’ Cheers in the Park patrons grab some beer, one of which is the special release Rocktown Rye, on Friday at Turner Pavilion. Rocktown Rye is a collaborative beer from Three Brothers Brewing and Pale Fire Brewery.

HARRISONBURG — Adults and children alike took advantage of the sights, sounds and smells to be found on Court Square, along Main Street and at Turner Pavilion on South Liberty Street Friday.

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