STEWARDSON — Several people lined the streets of the village of Stewardson Sunday afternoon to watch the kickoff of day three of the Stewardson Independence Day Celebration.

The annual Red, White and Blue parade made its way through the Village of Stewardson Sunday afternoon led by the Strasburg Boys Scouts Troop 145 color guard.

Some of units featured in the half-hour-long parade included vehicles from Stewardson Fire Protection District, several political candidates, a patriotic Santa in a bathtub and antique tractors.

Tyler and Tisha Greuel enjoyed attending the annual Stewadson Independence Day Celebration Red, White and Blue parade. This year they came to the parade with their daughters and son.

"I really like the family time," Tisha Greuel said. "It's nice not to have to drive very far to spend family time together."

"We also enjoy the fireworks every year," Tyler Greuel added.

Among the other activities on Sunday were the Little Miss and Little Mister Stewardson contest, a new eating contest and the Mr. Heifer contest.

This year's Little Miss Stewardson was 5-year-old Ava Schultz-Lowrance, daughter of Brittney Schultz of Stewardson and Bo Lowrance of Teutopolis. Little Mr. Stewardson was 3-year-old Jackson Tabbert, son of Jacob and Michelle Tabbert.

Seven contestants participated in the first hot dog eating contest held by the Stewardson Independence Day Celebration. The contestants entered into the contest were Zach Weber, Andrea Milby, Quinten Beitz, Wesley Rahn, Tim Waldoff, Josh Tabbert and John Alward.

Andrea Milby, a fry cook for the Why Not Restaurant in Stewardson, thought she might have a chance since she is used to being around food most of the day.

Milby was the only female signed up for the contest.

"I feel like a lot of people are going to be unprepared and someone is going to get sick," Milby said before the contest. "But, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Another contestant Wesley Rahn of Stewardson also felt he had a good chance going into the contest.

"My strategy is to eat them as fast as you can," Rahn said. "And don't drink too much water."

Winning the top honors for first place was Zach Weber and Andrea Milby took second place.

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