Bunceton celebrated Independence Day on July 3-4. Children, parents, grandparents and friends came together July 3 at the Bunceton Lions Club for the different contests. The first contest was the baby contest. Winners are: girls zero to six months old – Kaylee Gayle Bell, first, and Kimberley Iris Webster, second; boys zero to six months old – Asher Davis, first, and Liam Arnold, second; girls seven to 11 months – Branch Benny, first, and Hadleigh Stegner, second; boys seven to 11 months – Bently Shull, first, and Braxton Stull, second; one-year-old girls – Bristol Lenz, first, and Selena Rhodes, second; one-year-old boys – Easton Clevenger, first; two-year-old girls – Hartley Brandes, first, and Faith Nettles, second; three-year-old girls – Finley Clevenger, first, and Jordyn Dawson, second; three-year-old boy – Beau Benny, first. Lenz and Clevenger were chosen as the overall girl and boy winners. There were no two-year-old boy entrants.
In the prince and princess contest, Jeffrey Eaton was crowned the prince and Evelyn Arnold was crowned as princess. Caidence Smith was crowned as Little Miss 4th of July for 2019. The weather cooperated enough for the dance to be held that evening.
Bunceton Federated Church hosted the July 4 breakfast where biscuits and gravy, ham, a variety of egg casseroles, yogurt with toppings and coffee cake were served. Donations were taken for purchasing school supplies for the next year.
The parade started 4 p.m. despite a light drizzle of rain. Grand marshals for the parade were Lee and Karen Elgin, who are credited with making a big difference the Bunceton community. Many Bunceton residents will miss them as they have sold their house and are moving to Kansas City to be closer to their children.
The rain canceled the kids' games, kiddie pull and coin toss, but it eventually cleared out and fireworks were shot off that evening for a big crowd.