LOUISBURG — Rain didn’t spoil the Fourth of July for an estimated crowd of 1,500 people who gathered Thursday, July 4, for Freedom Fest at Lewis-Young Park northeast of Louisburg.

The smell of gunpowder from the fireworks finale was still drifting across the park at 26600 Jingo Road when the raindrops began to fall.

The Louisburg fireworks show, put on by the Louisburg Fire Department, began at dark under a dome of threatening clouds.

Leading up to the fireworks, The Duke Mason Band played a wide range of toe-tapping music from country, rock and roll, gospel and rockabilly.

A line formed in front of the “Dunk the Pastor-Dunk the Principal” dunk tank where people received three throws for a $1 to try and dunk a pastor or Louisburg principal, with pastor Jim Real of Journey Church of the Nazarene up first, followed by Broadmoor Elementary Principal Cindy Apple.

Funds raised at the dunk tank will go to the Agape Food Pantry in Louisburg.

The celebration also provided inflatables for the kids, and several area businesses, churches and organizations had booths set up, offering games and giveaways.

At one booth, the city of Louisburg gathered input from community members for a master parks plan, which is prioritizing a list of improvements to be made at the community’s parks.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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