Fourth of July a blast in Basehor
More floats, more vendors and a great fireworks display equals one of the best Fourth of July celebrations the city of Basehor has ever seen, PRIDE members said.
"It was a big success this year, I think," Chuck Wilderson said. "There was a lot of support and a lot of interest. I think it's the epitome of small town America having parades and Fourth of July celebrations and things like that.
PRIDE is the organization most responsible for organizing the Fourth of July celebration, which included running a fireworks stand, organizing the annual parade and funding the fireworks display.
The fireworks stand, operated by PRIDE and the Basehor-Linwood Project Grad organization, did well this year, Wilderson said.
"We couldn't keep up on July 3 and 4," Wilderson said. "It was really busy."
The parade ran from Leavenworth Road, up 155th Street, to Parallel, ending near Basehor-Linwood High School. The theme of this year's parade was Operation Freedom.
Prizes were awarded to parade entries exhibiting the best theme.
First place was awarded to Harry and Audrey Kelley, whose float had a theme titled "Freedom Isn't Free, You Earn it." The Kelleys also won for best overall float.
The second-place winner for best theme was Aaron Williams, who decorated his four-wheeler. Basehor PRIDE won second place for the float competition and third place was awarded to James Ellis and Nick Ames.
In the antique vehicles category, the first place winner was Lanny Rake's 1930 Model A Ford, second place went to Frank Feagles' 1948 Mercury; Pat Tomasevic's 1957 Chevy Bel Air earned a third place ribbon.
For motorized vehicles, Aaron Williams won first place, Rick Vantuyl and Allis Chalmers second place and Rich Kramer third place.
The Farris Group won first place for walking groups and animals, Wilderson said.
PRIDE wished to thank Steve Rosenthal for placing American flags along both sides of the parade route, Re/Max All-American owner Randy Cunningham for providing free bottled water at the high school, the Basehor Lion's Club, all concession stand vendors, local businesses who helped sponsor this year's celebration and the Basehor-Linwood School District for allowing PRIDE host the activities and display at the high school.