Small Town, Big Celebration
Mitchell Moon feels like a winner. Besides the usual Fourth of July fun, he and his Jack Russel terrier, Buddy, took home a prize in Bunceton's first-ever holiday pet show.
Moon said, "I like that the dogs were always listening and didn't hurt no one. They just were calm. One was always barking, but the judges took care of that."
Mitchell wasn't the only one getting in on the action.
Bunceton's mayor, Marsha Farrugia, says if you blink you'll miss the town west of Boonville.
She's proud of how the city served up hot dogs, hot wheels, and hot meals for its annual Fourth of July celebration. They'll be shooting off 171 fireworks. With a population of 348 people, that's close to one firework for every other resident.
At the pet show, lots of creatures, great and small, basked in the sun and the attention. Across the park, proud owners flexed their muscle cars under the hot July sun, and just down the town's main drag, boy scouts barbecued for a hungry crowd.
Farrugia believes coming together for Independence Day is important for a small town like Bunceton.
"If you do not have that sense of community, people will not be working together, to make a goal of having a town where people can appreciate to live and where it would be safe for your children to live and grow up," she said.
Mitchell doesn't really care how big Bunceton is, as long as he has his "Buddy," it's a good day.