4th of July organizers announce prize winners

Photo submitted to the Times Observer This year’s $5,000 Grand Prize winner Ron Stanko is pictured on left with Warren County 4th of July Organization Treasurer Kelly Thompson.

Organizers of this year’s Fourth of July festivities have awarded many prizes and recorded yet another successful event, with many more to come.

The highlight of the three-day celebration was the 72nd annual parade that took approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes to wind its way through the streets in Warren on the holiday. The parade is one of the largest Fourth of July parades in the state, according to Kelly Thompson, 4th of July Organization treasurer. “We’re definitely in the top four,” she said.

Thompson attributed the continuing success of the parade and other events to support from the community. “It’s an ongoing tradition that’s been well-received by the community,” she said.

Tradition seems to be key to the attendance at various events during the holiday celebration, according to Thompson. She acknowledged the crowd of babies, parents and extended family who braved the rain to take part in the Cutest Baby Contest on Saturday, July 6. “We always have a great turn-out for that,” she said. “I think it’s because it’s the only baby contest in the area during the year.”

For now, organizers ad volunteers are catching their breath, but plans for next year’s celebration will kick off in September. “We are always in need of volunteers and new ideas,” Thompson said. Anyone who would like to get involved should get in touch with Thompson, or her husband Bill, the organization’s chairman.