GENEVA — From local talent to jumbo tangrams, Geneva’s City Park was the place to be during the 4th of July extended weekend.

The single-day Geneva Day tradition was expanded to encompass the holiday weekend. Geneva Chamber of Commerce Director Jill Schmidt said the extra days didn’t affect attendance. “We had a great crowd,” Schmidt said.

The talent show alone drew a sizable crowd of people, Schmidt said. “About 400 people watched the talent show.”

Having extra days allowed for more variety, and more opportunities for people to attend, Schmidt said. “We tried some new things that went really well.”

Schmidt said the parade had 80 entries, complete with an appearance by Santa Clause. The Geneva Days edition of “The Amazing Race” had participants scrambling to finish challenges, such as putting together a giant tangram puzzle. Other events included a car burnout competition, bounce houses, kickball tournaments, a barbecue cook-off and a Quilts of Valor presentation. Seven local members of the military were presented with specially-made quilts. Schmidt said it was one way for Geneva Days to recognize the 4th of July. “We kept it very patriotic to recognize what the holiday means,” she said.

It took the dedication of volunteers and other contributors to make the newly-extended community event a success, Schmidt said. “There were a lot of nonprofit organizations that all came together to put [their] piece the puzzle together.”

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