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Booster Days scenes

The grand finale of the fireworks display Saturday night lights up the sky over the St. Croix River.1 / 13
Morgan Riley of Hudson steers a kiddie ride spaceship at the Booster Days carnival. Her younger sister, Madison, is behind her, and their father, David watches from a distance. The girls' mother, Katie, also enjoyed Booster Days on a hot Fourth of July. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)2 / 13
Helen McCombie, right, wears colorful, patriotic-themed sunglasses as she works the Hudson Boosters' bingo tent on the Fourth of July. Darlene and Dave Huehn, from left, long-time Booster volunteers, also helped run the bingo games.3 / 13
The Hendrickson family of Lakeville, Minn., found itself at the Booster Days bingo tent after driving to Hudson purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July. From left are John, daughters Hattie and Sadie, and their mother, Kristy.4 / 13
Elizabeth Campbell has fun volunteering in the bingo tent with her grandparents Dave and Darlene Huehn.5 / 13
Lakefront Park is filled with people waiting for the start of the fireworks Saturday night. The display launched from the dike road began just after 10 p.m. and lasted about half an hour. It appeared that a few thousand people watched the show from the shore of the St. Croix River.6 / 13
Warren Murman and Mike Tusler, middle, receive congratulations from Brian Marrs, left, and Pete Schultz, right, after winning the Booster Days beanbag tournament for the second straight year. Murman, from Eagan, Minn., and Tusler, from Rockford, Minn., are brothers-in-law. Marrs and Schultz coordinated the tournament, along with their wives, Holly Quinn Marrs and Holly Schultz. (Submitted photo)7 / 13
A competitor makes a toss early on in the 2013 Booster Days beanbag tournament. Twenty-eight two-person teams started the double-elimination tournament held Saturday in Lakefront Park.8 / 13
Hawkin Graul of Hudson puts his muscles to work in the Booster Days pedal tractor pull. Hawkin placed second among five- and six-year-olds to qualify for the state pull Sept. 14 at New Richmond. Roger Neumann, founder of Western Wisconsin Pedal Pulls, follows the action, right.9 / 13
Lily Kohn of Hudson wears an all-American outfit as she competes in the Booster Days pedal tractor pull.10 / 13
Hudson canine officer Bob Larson introduces police dog Brisco to Booster Days-goers on Saturday. Brisco, meanwhile, is more interested in a hunk of leather Larson is holding. Earlier, Larson put on a demonstration of Brisco's abilities.11 / 13
The band Parachute Empire entertains at Lakefront Park Saturday evening. It appeared courtesy of the Hudson Star-Observer. A total of nine groups took to the band shell during the four-day Booster Days celebration. Most of the entertainment was sponsored by local businesses.12 / 13
Seven-year-old Carson Bahr operates the till at the Booster Days taco stand. He is the son of Rodney Bahr, owner of Tippy Canoes Pub & Grub in Osceola. Bahr brought the seafood taco concession to Hudson.13 / 13

The annual Hudson Booster Days celebration took place July 3-6. The celebration featured music, beer, food, a parade and fireworks. The proceeds all went to support the Hudson Boosters, a nonprofit organization that runs Hudson's summer youth softball and baseball programs. Here are some scenes from the festivities.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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