Thanks to local businesses and individuals, admission to this year’s Fourth of July Fireworks was free, and it paid off. There was plenty to do inside the Robert L. Bland Middle School field, and after the parade, county fire departments and area fire departments competed in a variety of games, with the overall winner being Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department.
Weston Fire Department Assistant Chief Corey Ruppert, who helped organize the event, said, “The event went really well. There were very few complaints, and everybody had a good time.” Ruppert added that old and new vendors alike want to come back next year.
Kelsey Hall was awarded the title of 2017 Flame Queen. Princesses were Natalie Rogers, Emilee Spangler, Shelby Rittenhouse, Devin Woody, and Brooklyn Queen. Hall was crowned by 2016 Flame Queen Sarah Gould at the field after the parade. Hall will return next year to crown the 2018 Flame Queen.
WVFD Chief Kenneth James and the firefighters expressed their gratitude to donors, which included area businesses H and M Motors, Citizen’s Bank, employees at Hardee’s of Weston, Dominion and Mountain V Oil and Gas, among others. They also wish to thank all individuals who donated, as well.