Camden Colby, front, and Elijah Strout, along with Aiden McLean (not pictured) of The Fordores were among the musicians entertaining people during the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday in Rumford.

Marlee Bradley, 4, of Bucksport had her face painted with a patriotic butterfly during the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday in Rumford.

River Valley celebrates the Fourth of July
Five-year-old Colby Lemay, left, of Rumford and 6-year-old Tucker Hamner of Mexico showed off their patriotic bicycles during a bike parade on the Hosmer Field track in Rumford during the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday.

RUMFORD — Hundreds of people enjoyed the annual Fourth of July celebration Tuesday at the Hosmer Field Complex.

Children expended their energy in the bouncy tent and slide, as well as sitting for face painting and henna tattoos. They also participated in the popular bike/carriage and wagon decorating parades.

Adults listened to music during the afternoon, including Fat & Jack’d, The Fordores, J.T. Greene, The Values and The Skid Marks.

Among those volunteering to get cooled off in the dunk tank were Rumford Selectman Chris Brennick, Greater Rumford Community Center Director Gary Dolloff, and Zac Calden, who actually tried to do stand-up comedy while waiting to get dunked.

The event was organized by the River Valley Fourth of July Committee, and sponsored by the Rumford Parks Department.

One of those committee members was April McLean, who headed up the children’s games. She said she appreciated the volunteers who helped with the events.

And while waiting for the celebrated fireworks display at dusk, people found root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, foods made from the Snack Shack, apple crisp, potatoes, hot coffee and iced coffee to their liking.

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