Weston holds Independence Day celebration and parade


The city of Weston held it’s annual Independence Day parade and celebration Saturday.

The parade started at Robert L. Bland Middle School and circled around the city. 

After that, fun activities like a corn hole tournament and a watermelon eating contest took place, along with a hula hoop contest.  

The parade and fireworks were sponsored by the Weston Fire Department, which competed against neighboring fire companies in the “Fireman Rodeo.” 

One of those events was competing a bit of an obstacle course in the quickest time. Other events were the bucket brigade, tug of war, and seeing which company could connect the hose the fastest. 

Crowning the next flame queen also took place. 

“We had a bake sale – multiple ones. We had a yard sale, we raffled off a gun, we raffled off a hand-made WVU quilt. So we did a lot in preparation. It was a lot of work and time put into it, but it was worth it,” said Abby Woofter, 2018 Flame Queen.

“Just to try to eat as fast as I can and as quick as I could. I thought I almost got beat a little bit by a couple of other people. But it came close. I had the closes one and I won,” said Steven Butcher, who won the watermelon eating contest.

Woofter will wear the crown until next year. She’ll be attending Fairmont State University in the fall.

Along with the crown, she also was awarded multiple gift cards, as were her fellow princesses. 

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