Patriotism was in the air Tuesday for Wellington’s Independence Day celebration. The festivities included the Little Miss Firecracker contest, a classic car show in front of Farm & Home Hardware, and a parade chock full of floats, veterans, 4-H members, and emergency responders.
Five-year-old Pharoah Sams of Wellington gets ready to watch the Fourth of July parade.
Contestants in the Little Miss Firecracker contest prepare to go on stage.
Barb Leiby of the Spirit of ‘76 Museum shows off the bicentennial quilt she just finished assembling. Its patches are all original work by village residents.
Randy DeMaison of Wellington, Carson Cooksey of Grafton, and Bunny Koglman of Wellington, take off across Howk Memorial Park in a sack race.
Lacie Bollin answers judges’ questions during the Little Miss Firecracker contest.
Ava Rowland sings “The Star Spangled Banner” just before the parade begins.
Cami Allen of Brunswick gets her bubble measured by Kaitlyn Garrett of Wellington.
American Legion members lead the parade down Main Street.
This little Mr. Liberty waves to parade attendees.
Young parade riders can hardly contain their American pride.
Mayor Hans Schneider and his wife, Wendy, throw candy to waiting hands along the parade route.
The Bockmore family: Daisy, Dani, Morgan, and Jordan.
Lilly McRoberts, Braydon Scarbrough, Eden Scarbrough, and Ella Scarbrough enjoy some fancy transportation.
Latane Lewis, Trevor Ridenour, Trinity Ridenour, and Hannah Lewis enjoy newly made balloon animals.
Rock Island belts out classics from Santana and Jimi Hendrix.
Dominic Kershmar of Wellington kicks back in a shaded wagon with animal crackers.
These two Scottish Terriers, Brodie and McCorkle, are regular Yankee Doodle boys.
Classic cars were on display in front of Farm & Home Hardware.
This Corvette drew a lot of attention from attendees.