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Wellsville to hold ‘Celebrate America’ event

Morning Journal/ Stephanie Ujhelyi The village of Wellsville’s third annual Celebrate America event will move forward this year despite the pandemic. Last year’s event had to be canceled, but members are ready to have some fun now that pandemic protocol has loosened up in Ohio in time for their July 3 event. Pictured are Karen Dash (front, right); Eddie Murphy; Bill Bratt, who is sitting in his ’63 Corvette; Gibby Gibson (back, left), who is standing behind his ’71 Chevy truck; Michelle Walker; John Morrow; Gerald Walker and Tonda Bratt.

WELLSVILLE — Hoping the pandemic is behind them, event organizers are preparing to put their “red, white and blue” on full display Saturday, July 3.

After missing last year due to COVID restrictions, John Morrow of Moving Wellsville Forward said that the Celebrate America event will proceed from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Wellsville.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a parade from the Wellsville Fire Station (lineup at 10 a.m.) and proceeds down to the gazebo, where award winners will be announced.

Bonnie Berresford, widow of former Columbiana County Sheriff ‘Brassy’ Berresford, will be grand marshal for the parade, which also will include Mary (Newlin) Crago, who will be representing her late brother Melvin Newlin, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, and Vivian Bratt, wife of Corp. Bill Bratt who survived internment in a Japanese POW camp during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Awards will include Most Patriotic, Best First Responder Unit, Best Military Vehicle, Best Dance Team for the parade and Best specialty awards for the car show (i.e. Mustang, Corvette, Camaro, VW, Diesel, and pre-1945 car or truck).

C.A.R.E. of Wellsville and Calcutta also will crown Mr. and Mrs. Fourth of July from among the kids riding their bicycles or Power Wheels in the parade, while the Roberts Funeral Home will sponsor the kids’ candy toss at Imagination Park after the parade.

Typical Fourth foods like barbecue, nachos, hot dogs and burgers will be available for purchase as well as vendors selling their wares. For information about signing up as a vendor, email tabithacoil@yahoo.com.

A patriotic musical showcase will be provided by students of the Eve Music Studio at 5 p.m. in the gazebo.

The day will culminate with a car show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Main Street. Donations and funds raised are earmarked through the village’s Veterans Memorial Park. Vehicle registration is at 5 p.m. the day of the event.

The Wellsville Chamber of Commerce is also holding a Main Street business window decorating contest in conjunction with the event. Have your window decorated by June 28, so that entries can be considered for judging and prizes.

For more information about the event, either email movingwellsvilleforward@gmail.com or follow Moving Wellsville Forward on their Facebook page.

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