Basehor celebrates Fourth with a bang
A shorter parade, but a better fireworks display. All in all, it was a pretty good Monday for this year's Fourth of July celebration in Basehor, organizers said.
"I think that it went really good," said Chuck Wilderson, a spokesman for Basehor PRIDE, which sponsored this year's event. "The weather was ideal . . . everybody seemed to have a fun time."
The day began with inflatable toys available for children to play on at Basehor-Linwood High School.
The addition of the inflatable toys -- a moonwalk, slide and maze -- was a big hit for the area's youth, Wilderson said.
"That was pretty popular," he said. "I think the kids really liked that."
The parade, which ran shorter this year, had fewer entries than years past.
Organizers said they'll attempt to gain more floats and walking groups in next year's event.
Although the parade didn't meet expectations, the events at the high school afterward far exceeded them. After Basehor residents Roger Brandt and Wilma James received the Basehor Citizen of the Year Award and the Spirit Award, respectively, events transpired leading up to the annual fireworks display.
A color guard courtesy of the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars organization conducted a rifle salute and VFW member Jerald Cooper played "Taps" on the bugle.
The color guard and playing of taps was a new addition to the Fourth celebration and proved to be a nice touch, Wilderson said.
"That was really pretty special," he said.
Winners of this year's parade entries are:
- Harry Kelley received $25 for best exemplifying the parade's theme of "Basehor Supports its Military Families." Kelley also received $15 for earning second place for best float.
- The Basehor Youth PRIDE organization earned a first place for best float.
- Lewis Thompson earned $10 for a third place for best float.
- Katlyn Singleton and group earned $20 for best youth group.