WELLSBURG The Wellsburg Fourth of July Committee wrapped up the city's weeklong celebration of Independence Day with a full day of activities Wednesday, beginning with a flag raising on the Wellsburg Town Square and the Wendy's 5K Run-Walk that morning and continuing through to the annual parade and fireworks display that night.
"Each year they outdo themselves. As always, they did an excellent job," Mayor Sue Simonetti said of the volunteer group following the flag raising.
Also participating in the flag raising were Wellsburg Middle School teacher Toni Taylor, who sang the national anthem and "God Bless America;" Aaron Miller, pastor of Wellsburg Christian Church, who offered prayers; Tech. Sgt. Ed Kokosinski of the Air Force Reserve and Trina Iverson of Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, who raised the flag; and Brooke High School alumna Caitlin Luck and Wellsburg Middle School Band Director Tim Turner, who performed taps.
AND THEY’RE OFF! — More than 100 people participated in the Wendy’s 5K Run-Walk Wednesday in Wellsburg. The event was one of many held by the Wellsburg Fourth of July Committee as part of its weeklong celebration of Independence Day. -- Warren Scott
Wednesday's festivities continued with the Wendy's 5K Run-Walk, which ran from the corner of Sixth and Charles streets, along Charles Street to 24th Street onto Main Street and back.
More than 100 people of all ages turned out for the event, which was coordinated by Cecil Toner.
In addition to many area residents, runners and walkers included about a dozen visitors from the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Egypt who were among 34 participating in Camp Canyon, a summer youth camp at Bethany College.
First- and second place finishers in several age groups among runners and walkers were awarded trophies and will be announced soon.
In addition to the return of the Oil Can Derby, the day included the annual parade on Charles Street and the fireworks display at the Betty Carr Recreation site.
Events held earlier in the week included free concerts at Central Park featuring a variety of music; fishing tournament for all ages, volleyball, horseshoe and basketball tournaments, Wellsburg All-American Idol singing contest and a community picnic with inflatable attractions and other activities for children.
Debbie Baker, the committee's chairman, said, "We're very pleased with this year's celebration. I've received nothing but positive comments. Someone told us, we've been coming to these every year and this was the best. That means a lot to us."
She said the only major problem was the cancelation of the Chameleon concert. She said while there were plans to move it to Friday, that won't be possible.
But there are plans to reschedule it on a date to be announced.
It was Baker's first year as chair, after serving as co-chair and for many years, chair of the parade.
She said without the hard work of the committee's members, cooperation of the city and support of many businesses, the events wouldn't be possible.
(Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)