The atmosphere was undoubtedly festive Monday as a crowd gathered Monday morning in downtown McMinnville for the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
The celebration was capped by a baby show held inside the air conditioned comfort of Park Theater. Hadlee Green was one of the many participants who let her personality show. She pranced around the stage and looked adorable in winning the 5-6 age category.
Outdoor activities on Court Square were just a tad bit warmer. From a visual standpoint, it looked like the largest crowd to compete in the annual Stars and Stripes Fun Run in years.
After the race, participants hung around the area for the Yankee Doodle Children’s Parade, which had 43 patriotic entries. The children made two loops around Court Square as parents and grandparents took advantage took advantage of the opportunity to snap photos and shoot cellphone video.
The children’s parade winners are as follows:
1st – Rayce Roberts
2nd – Lillie Hopkins
3rd – A.J. Watson
1st – Ezra Smartt
2nd – Stokley Newman
3rd – Evie Partin
1st – Iva Newman
1st – Kaydence Walling
2nd – Khloe Howell
3rd – Hudson Heatherly
1st – Maverick and Skylee McCormack
2nd – Charlotte and Rosalyn Taylor
3rd – Hallie and Trace Bell