It was hot, but fun
Last Wednesday proved to be a hot one, but the high temperatures didn't keep Baldwin City resident Linda Gastelum from enjoying Fourth of July activities.
Gastelum spent Wednesday evening at the city's fireworks display sponsored by Citizens for Baldwin City.
"It was awesome," Gastelum said. "It was just great. I think it's getting better every year."
She said she enjoyed being able to view the fireworks with other Baldwin residents.
"I like to see the people I know there," she said. "I remember going there as a kid and seeing everybody. That was the best part of it.
"I'm really happy someone has finally started it up again," Gastelum said.
This was the second year for Baldwin's fireworks display after not having one for several years.
Donna Kneedler, chair for CFBC, said she was pleased with this year's display.
"We had more and bigger fireworks," Kneedler said. "We've gotten some pretty positive feedback."
There were also games, food and music before the fireworks.
"We had good entertainment this year," she said, "but next year we're going to try to have an even bigger variety of entertainment."
Even though only about 300 people attended the festivities, Kneedler said she expects next year's celebration to be bigger.
"I hope it's bigger turnout next year," she said. "We are going to have a bigger show. That's kind of our goal to make it bigger and better every year."
The Baldwin City Pool was also a popular place to spend the Fourth of July.
Baldwin City Recreation Commission director Monte Ezell said more than 600 people turned out for the holiday pool party.
"It was fantastic," Ezell said. "There was just a lot of fun going on."
He said families, along with their out-of-town guests, enjoyed food, music and games all afternoon.
"Everybody had a great time," he said. "People were talking about it when they left how super it was that we had done this and how we need to make it an annual thing."
But the Fourth of July holiday had its downsides as well.
Several large fireworks were taken sometime between 6 p.m. July 1 and 8:30 a.m. July 2 from Steve Wilson's tent located at 1600 High St.
The fireworks were valued at more than $3,000.
Also, the planned synchronized swim team at the pool celebration didn't happen because one of the girls on the team couldn't make it to Baldwin.