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Terra Alta Hosts 87th Annual 'Fourth of July' Celebration

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The Terra Alta Fourth of July Celebration is the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in the state.

"This all started in the 1920s. It was held at Terra Alta Lake, and it moved from Terra Alta Lake into Terra Alta. On a night like Friday night, our fireworks night, there's probably 10,000 people," said Chief Rob Kirk of the Terra Alta Fire Department.

All of those people coming into Terra Alta means profit for the local businesses.

"We try to do all of our purchasing through the local businesses, it helps the businesses, the gas stations, everything," said Kirk.

This was the 87th year for the festival that offers games, rides, and all kinds of food. Wednesday night was kid's night at the celebration.

"I like coming here because you can play games, ride rides, and do really whatever you want to," said Cody Shrout of Terra Alta.

"It's fun! I'd say the best game is the cork gun. I like to hang to out with my friends; I don't see them that much over the summer," said Hunter Carpenter of Terra Alta.

The celebrations will continue on Thursday with a parade at 5 p.m. and Friday is the night for fireworks at 10 p.m.

The celebration will wrap up on Saturday. The carnival and food vendors open at 5 p.m.