Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise A patriotic trio marches behind the American Legion in the parade.
Town hall’s front lawn overflowed with people this weekend for Wellington’s July 4 Freedom Celebration and parade.
The festivities kicked off at 11:30 a.m. and included a pet parade, games in the park, a cornhole and fitness competition, a pedal tractor pull, and the Little Miss Firecracker contest.
Jack Coates, member of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, has been coordinating the event and parade for about 33 years. He was happy with the turnout and grateful for the beautiful weather.
“The community really appreciates what we do,” he said.
Workers from the Southern Satellite Office on Aging served collectively as parade marshals. This year marks their 10th anniversary of establishing the office.
Coates said he tries to pick people who are active in the community and help community members. “They’ve done a wonderful job coordinating events for the older folks so we wanted to honor them,” he said.
Before the parade began, Robin Diedrick sang the National Anthem for a hushed crowd.
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