Bellville Liberty Festival awards

Members of American Legion Post 535 during a flag ceremony at the July 4 Liberty Fest.

The annual Liberty Fest took place last Saturday in conjunction with the Independence Day Holiday.

“We gather today to say happy birthday to our country,” said Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks in a speech to attendees. “It is proper to celebrate the birth of this great nation, to take pride in all that the United States has accomplished on this continent and around the world. We do not boast that we have been perfect, but America has contributed to making a much better world.”

The ceremony began with a village parade in which several area organizations were awarded in one of six different categories by the Sons of the American Legion Post 535 in Bellville.

The organizations were given a trophy for their parade achievement. The winners are as follow:

Best color guard

Sons of the American Legion Post 535 in Bellville

Best marching unit

Clear Fork Valley High School Marching Band

Best organization

Richland County Sheriff’s Office

Grand Marshall’s Award

Jefferson Township Trustees

Best antique vehicle

Brent Synder for his historical GNC Truck

Mayor’s Award

Boy Scout Troop 126