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(PHOTOS) Coons, cars and pie: Fourth of July Celebration brings something for everyone

The event held a raffle to benefit Broken Bandit Wildlife Center, an organization that rehabilitates and releases Wyoming-native animals that are injured, displaced or orphaned.

Two rescued racoons peer through a cage while roughhousing at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A pie-eating contest and rescued animals garnered an audience Saturday afternoon at the Fourth of July Celebration outside Frontier Mall.

The event was hosted by marketing agency Makers Market and garnered around 30 vendors, according to vendor coordinator Tyra Morado. A raffle was held in benefit of Broken Bandit Wildlife Center, which strives to address local wildlife needs as well as rehabilitate and release injured, displaced or orphaned wildlife in Wyoming. The wildlife center introduced several rescued animals to attendees, including raccoons and skunks.

Three young residents dared to stuff their stomachs with apple pie for a pie-eating contest. By the end of the event, contestant Connor Mertz, 12, said he felt like throwing up. Aside from the eating competition, 18 vehicles were entered into a car show. The contest will decide winners in three categories: best car in show, best truck in show and most unique motorcycle.

Siblings Connor Mertz, left, and Tanner Mertz make progress on their pies in the pie-eating contest at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Event attendees record and cheer on the three pie-eating competitors at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Baby raccoons rescued by Broken Bandit Wildlife Center observe eventgoers at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Angel, a 4-week-old raccoon, lets out a yawn at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. Angel is a permanent resident of the wildlife center due to an injury. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Ballon-tying professional Cecilia Villar holds up a balloon sword at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. A native of Peru, Villar has been a balloon artist for 12 years and is owner of Alpacaglobo Balloons. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Emilia Lovato, 14, downs an apple pie in the pie-eating contest at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Emilia holds up her emptied foil pan to clinch first place in the pie eating contest at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A 1931 Ford Model A entered into the vehicle show is pictured at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A row of cars in the vehicle show are pictured at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Two 3-month-old skunks rescued by Broken Bandit Wildlife Center scurry around one another at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
A baby raccoon gets close and curious with the camera at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
2-year-old skunk Stinkerbell rests her head on the side of a cage at the Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, June 29 outside Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

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