Freedom celebration draws huge crowd

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise A patriotic trio marches behind the American Legion in the parade.

The Lorain County 4-H Band marches in the parade.

Eric Standen holds his son Eric on his shoulders as he and Katie Smith wait for the parade to start.

Brooke Allen stands on one foot as she hula hoops to try and break a tie for first place.

Police chief Tim Barfield and the American Legion lead the Fourth of July parade.

Robin Diedrick sings the National Anthem.

Cami Allen and Mikayla Paramore kneel as they hula hoop to try to break the tie for first place.

Melanie Toth smiles as she hula hoops.

Susie Neblett successfully tosses one ring on the post.

Leon Conn runs through the rings in a Freedom Celebration obstacle course.

Cami Allen kicks a soccer ball as she weaves through the posts during weekend games.

Kimba darts across the field to retrieve the toy bird thrown by Shawn McCraw.

The Wannabes play music in front of town hall.

Horses clip-clop down the street.

Lorain County Junior Fair royalty ride a four-wheeler in the parade.

The Al Koran Temple rides an old fire engine in the parade.

Cub Scouts pass out candy.

A tractor pulls a huge American flag through the parade.

A clown walks with her dog dressed as a lion 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.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.