By Wade Linville
The sky over the Ohio River in Ripley lit up once again on the night of June 30 as a large crowd gathered for the annual Ripley Lions Club Fourth of July Festival. The festival kicked off on June 29 and was capped by the traditional fireworks display. Many watched from the banks of the Ohio River on lower Front Street, but the fireworks could be seen and heard throughout town. While the fireworks display was certainly worth sticking around for, there were also many activities that drew people to Ripley to enjoy the two-day festival. Friday’s events began with a youth fishing tournament for children ages and under, and claiming first place was Ripley’s Luke Wilson. There was also a frog jumping contest for kids on Friday morning, and it was Oaklynn Benjamin’s frog from Ripley topping the competition. Oaklynn Benjamin was also the winner of Saturday’s baby show. There were also a pie/cake contest and a chili cook-off for all ages and raffles were held throughout the festival. “I had a great time! The fireworks were awesome and I really enjoyed meeting up with old friends,” Ripley resident, Joyce Linville, said of this year’s Ripley Lions Club Fourth of July Festival. Providing live entertainment in the Ripley Lions Club Park were bands “Smoky Row” and “Sundown”.