GALLERY: Salem FD Independence Day Celebration

Lucy Grace Fitzhugh, 9 months, savors a piece of watermelon Tuesday during the annual Salem Fire Department Independence Day celebration at Salem Ballpark. She is the daughter of Alli and JR Fitzhugh of Benton.A banner displayed at the entrance to the event notes Salem Fire Department’s 45 years of service to the  community.Tammy Schmidt, a volunteer with the Salem Fire Department, shows off her first-place trophy she received for winning the car show. Her entry was a 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible, which was actually her first car as a teenager that was handed down to her by her late  mother. Also placing in the show were Wayne Montgomery in second and T.J. Thibeau in third.Keith Hall, left, Kamden Goodman, 2, and Kyle Goodman stop for a photo near Hall’s 1967 Camaro on Tuesday during an annual car show at the Fourth of July event.Alexis Crabb, 11, paints a design on the cheek of a youngster during the event. Each painting was $1. See page 3 for more photos from the event.Youngsters take turns  slipping down a large water slide during the event.Cousins Hadlee Briggs, 1, left, and Paisli McClain, 2, center, point after noticing a dog Tuesday  during the Salem Fire Department Independence Day celebration at the Salem Ballpark. Donning  sunglasses and carrying her “purse,” is Brynlee Briggs, 3.Velma Smart, right, makes her selection at the free watermelon table. Also pictured are Rocky Loyd, of Prattsville, and volunteer firefighter Rebekah Gerrard.

All photos are by JOSH BRIGGS/The Saline Courier