Wednesday Jul 04 2012 comments Old fashion fun in Old Town Auburn By: Photography by Kim Palaferri/Auburn Journal -A +A Buy This Photo Now Eden Zorne (10) of Auburn, takes a swing to knock the candy out of the piñata for the rest kids waiting to gather the goods. Jack (6) and Angela (8) Williamson of Auburn, dressed up for the 4th festivities in Old Town Auburn. Peter Vanbeckom, also known as Uncle Sam in Auburn, Guides Lilly Baxter of Auburn so she can take a swing at the piñata. Brandon Tate of Roseville, bites into a hunk of watermelon at the Old Town Auburn Fourth of July Celebration. Connor Williams cools off with some watermelon during a contest in Old Town. Garrett Greenlee, (10) celebrates as the boys team beats the girls team in the first round of tug-of-war during the Fourth of July festivities in Old Town Auburn. Josh McCauley (10) of Grass Valley, keeps his eyes on the water balloon making sure it doesn?t touch the ground during the Old Town Auburn Fourth of July Celebration. Peter Vanbeckom, also known as Uncle Sam in Auburn, leads the old fashioned games in Old Town like a tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, water balloon toss and a grease pole climb. Peter Vanbeckom, also known as Uncle Sam in Auburn, leads the old fashioned games in Old Town like a tug-of-war. Christopher Ranlett. (9) of Auburn waited a whole year to make another attempt at climbing the grease pole and his success paid off. Ranlett climbed to the top grabbing the $230 cash prize and was crowned by Peter Vanbeckom for his success. Madison Numez (14) of Auburn, grabs hold of a water balloon tossed at her by her friend to move them onto the next level of the contest. Annaliese Nobile, (7) of Auburn beats out many watermelon munchers during the Fourth of July festivities in Old Town Auburn. The free event brought hundreds of people to celebrate with old fashioned games that included tug-of-war, water balloon toss, grease pole climb, and a watermelon eating contest. Helping the boys team to win the tug-of-war competition against the girls team, Garrett Greenlee, left, Jonathon Hedge, and Tanner Menefee left, worked up a sweat. Gavin Oyer, (14) of Auburn, made winning the watermelon contest look easy as he mowed down a piece to take the win.