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July 5, 2013

County mixes plenty of fun with ‘remember our freedom’ on July 4: PHOTOS

MANNINGTON — A little blond-haired girl sat on the curb of Market Street in Mannington Thursday afternoon wearing a navy blue dress with white stars and red trim.

Her dad, Paul Iddings, encouraged her to stand up as a Boy Scout troop carrying the American flag led the city’s Fourth of July parade through downtown.

“We always honor the flag,” he explained to his 6-year-old daughter, named Mary.

Paul, who served in the Navy for 20 years, was raised in Mannington and now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife Michelle and their daughter. They come to Mannington, where they still have family, once a year, and this was their first time experiencing the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

Paul said he liked what his hometown was doing for the holiday.

The parade, organized by Mannington Main Street, also featured the Mannington Vietnam Veterans of America, local businesses, festival queens, the Girl Scouts and more. Then the celebration continued at Hough Park with “old-time Fourth of July” activities.

The event featured kids games like a watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, sack race, balloon toss and more, with prizes donated by local businesses. All American Trophy provided ribbons with medallions, Live Mic Entertainment donated sound system and music services, and Signs & More gave T-shirts for the kids, said Mannington Mayor Jim Taylor.


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