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U.S. Air Force Airman Basic Zach Updegraff, 336th Training Squadron student, participates in a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airman Basic Zach Updegraff, 336th Training Squadron student, participates in a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and families gather to watch a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and families gather to watch a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Katavion Brown, son of U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist Kevin Brown, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport senior chief, participates in a watermelon eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and wings eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Katavion Brown, son of U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist Kevin Brown, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport senior chief, participates in a watermelon eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and wings eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Shramek, 335th Training Squadron instructor, and his family pose for a photo during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Shramek, 335th Training Squadron instructor, and his family pose for a photo during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

TaNessa Scott, 81st Force Support Squadron recreation assistant, applies face paint to Sidney Estridge, daughter of U.S. Air Force Col. Chris Estridge, 81st Medical Group commander, during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

TaNessa Scott, 81st Force Support Squadron recreation assistant, applies face paint to Sidney Estridge, daughter of U.S. Air Force Col. Chris Estridge, 81st Medical Group commander, during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and families attend Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel and families attend Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Private 1st Class Elliott Martinez, Keesler Marine Detachment student, participates in a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Private 1st Class Elliott Martinez, Keesler Marine Detachment student, participates in a wing eating contest during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A banner is on display during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

A banner is on display during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Zoya Lauderdale, niece of U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cyrus Akbari, 334th Training Squadron student, takes a turn at bowling during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Zoya Lauderdale, niece of U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cyrus Akbari, 334th Training Squadron student, takes a turn at bowling during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler families watch a fireworks display during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Keesler families watch a fireworks display during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot dogs and watermelon eating competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The Williamson Branch band performs during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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The Williamson Branch band performs during Freedom Fest at Marina Park at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 2, 2021. The event also included hot wings and watermelon eating competitions and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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