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Babies, dogs and fireworks at Pittsburg's Lincoln Park

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The Pittsburg 4th of July celebration has been going on all day at Lincoln Park.

One of the many events this year is the annual baby contest.  Around 80 babies ranging from six months to two years participated.  There was no dress code for the competition but many came decked out in our nations colors.  Trophies were given to the first, second and third place cuties in each age group.

From car shows to a beer garden, organizers say there is something for everyone at the celebration.

One of the new events this year is a youth disc golf tournament.  The event sponsored by two local businesses offered kids the chance to learn the sport for an hour prior to the contest.

Disc golf organizer Kevin Elrod says Lincoln Park's nine hole course serves as a good excuse to grab your family and celebrate.

"It's a chance for families to get out in the park, I saw plenty of people playing earlier when I came to set up," says Elrod.  "It's a free sport - you pay $8 to get one disc and you can just go out and play and have fun and get exercise, so it's the fastest growing sport you've never heard of."

The 13th annual July 4th Freedom Ride was also held today.  Hosted by Tailwind Cyclists, the cyclists started at Lincoln Center, with stops at 15, 25 and 40 miles for the extreme cyclists.

"We love to encourage people to ride, even if it's just two miles or around the block, anything, because if you enjoy it you're going to want to do it more and if you can do it with your family that just tightens and strengthens your family as much as doing anything else like baseball, it's kind of that same idea," says cyclist Angela Vandyne.

In addition to music and fireworks on Thursday night, there will also be a dog show from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The six categories are biggest, smallest, best costume, fur coat, trick and longest sit stay.

For a complete schedule of 4th of July events in Pittsburg CLICK HERE.

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