July 6, 2011

Happy birthday, America!
Terri Sayler rides in the July 4 parade in Menno dressed as the Statue of Liberty on the float sponsored by The Beer Garden Monday morning, July 4. Over 50 entries from around the region made their way down Fifth Street as part of the annual holiday event. It was a busy extended weekend throughout the Menno community, with events kicking off with truck and tractor pulls at Pioneer Acres Saturday evening, the annual baseball game and fireworks Sunday night and the July 4 parade Monday.

Mike Walter, Tim Schelske and Jai Walter ride down Fifth Street on a homemade vehicle during the annual July 4 parade in Menno Monday morning, July 4.

Shawn Black, manager of Menno Food Market, tosses candy to the crowd during the July 4 parade in Menno.

Shannon Herrboldt pilots his truck down the track during the Menno Tractor Pull Saturday evening, July 2. The pull was one of many events held over the holiday weekend in Menno.

Members of the Rames-Bender Post 152 American Legion color guard march down the street in the July 4 parade on Fifth Street.

Justin Handel mans the flags during the Menno Tractor Pull Saturday evening at the Pioneer Acres site north of Menno.

Large crowds once again turned out in force for the July 4 parade, which featured over 50 entrants this year.

Jim Oplinger, right, receives a plate of food from Daniel Mettler at the annual pork barbecue at the Menno City-School Auditorium Monday afternoon, July 4.

Members of the Menno Mad Frogs baseball team stand at attention as the colors are presented before the yearly baseball game between Menno and Scotland Sunday evening, July 3. Menno won the game 7-1.

Menno Mad Frog pitcher Kevin Kunz warms up with catcher Tate Bruckner before their game against the Scotland Highlanders Sunday night, July 3.