Jubilant air in Ansonia


ANSONIA — The Fourth of July was celebrated in style in this community, complete with family events, fun and games at the city park and, of course, fireworks, this weekend.

On Friday night, the Little Mr. and Miss Red, White and Blue pageant took place with Addison Smith of Ansonia and Evan Joe Addis winning those titles.

Addison, daughter of Nathan and Sara Smith, was one of six candidates, and Evan, son of Larry and Amy Addis, was among three candidates for the Little Mr. title.

Also competing were [Little Miss] candidates — Savannah Oswalt, daughter of Edward and Tiffany Oswalt; Josi Weiss, daughter of Jason and Kori Weiss; Haddie Gilpin, daughter of David and Ashley Gilpin; Emily Creager, daughter of Dan and Pam Creager; and Raelyn Hill, daughter of Jim and Carla Hill. The other two vying for Little Mr. were Brody Taylor, son of Jason and Nicole Taylor; and Pacey Miller, son of Scott and Shelley Miller.

Kami Phlipot coordinated the event and Kathy Cline returned once again this year to emcee the pageant. Judges were Tina Brooks, Marlene Troutwine and Jackie Mestemaker.

The royal couple was one of the many entries in Saturday’s parade, which featured Charlie Prasuhn as grand marshal. Prasuhn is a local farmer, married and the father of three and grandfather to eight. He is a 1960 Ansonia High School graduate.

Additional units in the parade included floats carrying two different 4-H clubs, Girl Scouts, the FFA, elected officials, Shriner Jeepsters, antique farm equipment, Ansonia and Rossburg fire departments, Ansonia Rescue and a Color Guard, presenting a 21-gun salute prior to the singing of The National Anthem.

According to reports during the parade, there were 363 participants in the morning’s Firecracker 5K.

The remainder of activities took place at the city park and the American Legion.

Softball tournaments were held all weekend and horseshoes as well as a cornhole tournament was also offered. Youngsters had the opportunity to compete in the National Kiddie Tractor Pull on Saturday and other games were sponsored by the Ansonia Area Youth Football and included miniature golf and duckpond.

Entertainment was provided by DJ Just Dave.