||AN OLD-FASHICKED FOURTH Mae Paulsen Box 418 Ephraim, Utah 64627 Non-Professional Division Second. n,ace Personal Recollection Next to Christmas, no holiday was more eagerly anticipated than our gala Fourth of July with its bellowing cannons and marching bands. As soon as school let out and June was here, we started counting down the days. Among us glrlsB conversation centered on the new dress each of us would get. Would it be pink or yellow or blue? Would it be organdy or voile? Would it be trimmed with rlbr bon and lace? Or else, what pretty young woman would be chosen for the coveted title of Goddess of Liberty? Who would be her attendants, Hiss Columbia and Hiss Utah? We argued for our personal How we looked forward to this great day? This year proved no exception. On the night of July 3, neighbors stayed up until 2 or J in the morning putting the finishing touches on floats. Hy older brothers had gone to town and were permitted to stay up all night. Hy sister Lola and I got to sleep out on the back lawn. We gazed up into the heavens ard watched the twinkling stars, sleeplessly anticipating the events of the morrow. And then our heavy eyelids finally closed only to be abruptly awakened by the first roar of the cannon heralding the crack of dawn and the arrival of the glorious fourth. We listened with bated breath from that first loud rumble until the last echo faded away in the distance, only to be repeated at 2 or 3-minute intervals for the next half hour. Now dressed in our beautiful new dresses, black patent leather shoes, straw hats with a little floral bouquet in front und a rib-ton band that ended in streamers flowing down our "backs, we hurried toward town, our new shoes squeaking as we walked. Ve must not miss the 10 o'clock parade. The streets were already lined with people when we reached main street. The stores all had their little booths outside decorated in red, white and blue bunting, and were selling soda pop, ice cream cones, Mother Goose popcorn, hajnburgers, hot dogs, and candy. My sister and I each had 25e to spend. For what treat should we part with our precious coins now clutched more tightly in our hands? The aroma of the hamburgers was particularly enticing. With a haaburger we would still nave a dine left over for -89"