Monday Jul 04 2011 comments Old Town Auburn Celebrates 4th of July By: Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal -A +A It was girls against boys in the Tug-A-War Monday morning at the Old Town Auburn 4th of July celebration. (L-R)Breeze Davis 11, Abbi Oyer 11, and Shayla Corrie 14, were doing their part for the girls side. Davis and Oyer are from Auburn and Corrie is from North Highlands. The watermelon eating contest was getting underway with children lining the curb to see how fast they could eat a piece of watermelon. Richard Yue made a cameo appearance as Uncle Sam Monday a role he played every 4th of July from 1978-2006. Yue revived the old fashioned 4th of July celebration in Old Town Auburn in 1978. "I think this celebration has been going on since the 1930s but died out during the 60s and 70s," said Yue. "I remember being here as a kid," he said. Yue found a old poster that advertised women's log sawing, human wheelbarrel races, and a ice block sitting from celebrations of years ago. Peter vanBeckum as Uncle Sam and Phil Hawkins (R) help on the boys side of the girls vs boys tug-a-war Monday morning at the Old Town Auburn 4th of July celebration. The annual celebration is old fashioned 4th of July fun for children of all ages. Peter vanBeckum dressed as Uncle Sam led the celebration in Old Town Auburn to celebrate the 4th of July. A pancake breakfast and fun and games for children were the highlights of a fun filled 4th of July morning. vanBeckum hosts the event each year after taking over as Uncle Sam in 2007 from Richard Yue who was Uncle Sam since 1978. Tasha Brechtel of Loomis races with a stick and barrel hoop during the Old Town Auburn Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration Monday. Brechtel finished second in the contest and recieved a ribbon for her efforts. Children scramble for candy from the pinata Monday morning. Nine-year-old Chris Rowe gave the greased pole a try Monday at the Old Town Auburn 4th of July celebration. The prize to get to the top was $210. Maddie Labrecuque 6, of Auburn takes a swipe at the pinata during Monday's Old Town Auburn Celebration. The event of Old time games for children has been held in Old Town since the 1930s. Five-year-old Curtis Riley was in Auburn visiting his grandmother and was given a pair of patriotic sunglasses by Uncle Sam. Ten-year-old Claudia Mayo of Auburn enjoys a free snow cone. Jordan Carnahan (L) of Auburn and Nick Williams of Roseville (R) try to get a barrel hoop down the street with a stick. The game was just one of many games for children in Old Town Auburn Monday. Auburn nine-year-old twins Bailey (L) and Taylor (R) Trimble dig into watermelon during the watermelon eating contest Monday morning at the Old Town Auburn 4th of July celebration. The Auburn Fire Department hosted a Pancake Breakfast to kick off the celebration in Old Town Auburn Monday morning. Helping with the cooking were Steve Tutt (L) and Aaron Rea (R).