2022 4th of July Review and Photos

Although the temperature eventually climbed to 90, the humidity was low and there was a slight breeze as Colonial Hills rejoiced in being able to come together at Selby Park to celebrate the 4th of July!

We greatly thank the Event Co-Chairs Gina Bjelac and Jessica Salerno, who worked for months to plan the event, along with consultation from former Event Chairs AJ Perry and Jenny Kendall. And a big thanks to the following neighbors, who year after year, provide leadership and key services in making our celebration so enjoyable: Courtney Jolley and Jeff Spain for organizing the 5K Race, Mary Ann Ogle for directing the Kiddie Parade, and Matt Steidle for performing his wonderful live music and serving as emcee at various times during the morning. And the City of Worthington, for the Police Officer and Cruiser who led the race, and Parks & Rec for maintaining the shelter house, grounds and infrastructure so well.

The 4th of July is the CHCA’s most complex event by many orders of magnitude, and we could not make it happen without the multitude of volunteers who so generously volunteer their time and resources. The list is too long for inclusion in this article, but we would like to list these volunteers by group to thank them for their work this year: those who signed up ahead of time via our SignUpGenius; family members of Gina, Jessica and Mary Ann; those folks who helped with Race Day support; the judges for the Kiddie Parade; the four intrepid volunteers from CHES (your students certainly knew who you were and accordingly rewarded you with respectful dunks in the tank!); and the CHCA Board, including our President, who oversaw the festivities and conducted the Watermelon Eating contests and balloon tosses: our VP/Events who provided, and helped set up, the canopy tents; our VP/Communications who took photos; and our Treasurer who sold wristbands and secured the cash.

Race Results

Indeed, it was a great day for a 5K! Congratulations to everyone who participated, whether running, walking, or a combination of the two.

Kudos to the overall winning runners Jonathan Allen (15.42.9) and Christina Nash (21.56.0).
And special congratulations to Jonathan for setting a new Course Record with this year’s race!

Click on the links below to view:

Kiddie Parade Winners, by Category

1st Place- TIE Evie Miller (5yrs) and Eli Mertz (11yrs)
2nd Place- Eli Fry (5yrs)
3rd Place- Maddox Puskar (7yrs)

Wagons and Floats
1st Place- Hudson Spain
2nd Place- Noah Mertz
3rd Place- Colleen, Casey, Rowan, Sophia, Zenna and Lauren Centrone

1st Place- TIE Henson Brannan-Smith (8yrs) and Oscar Clark (6yrs)
2nd Place- Gabriel Calhoon (3yrs)
3rd Place- Mae Smith (9yrs)

1st Place- Hudson Spain
2nd Place- Annalise and Riley Sherman
3rd Place- Ariel Spain

Dogs and Walkers
1st Place- Anna Schraff with dogs Krane and My
2nd Place- John Jones with dog Frankie

Notes: If you did not collect your prize ribbon at the awards presentation on the 4th, Mrs. Ogle will give your ribbon to you Tuesday, July 12, at the shelter house during the CHCA Meeting.
If there are any corrections to the above information, please e-mail the CHCA Webmaster.

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(And now for the photos – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these pics which have the descriptions given below – Photographer credits for photos #4, 5, 13 and 17: Chris Rule, VP/Communications; #18: Joe Arcilla; and the rest: CHCA Webmaster).

_01 5K Race Finish Line
_02 Setup Complete, 9:23 AM
_03 The Big Tent, 9:25 AM
_04 Start of Kiddie Parade, 10:00 AM
_05 Kiddie Parade Participants
_06 Mary Ann (in White Top) Directs the Kiddie Parade
_07 Kiddie Parade Cruising
_08 Lindsay Provides Crafts (left); Face Painting (right)
_09 Face Painting
_10 Karen’s Got ‘Em Sliding with Great Form!
_11 Bounce House
_12 Instructing Contestant in Plinko
_13 Emma Maintains Order in the Line!
_14 The Pitcher Steps Up and Throws!
_15 Nice Pitching Form – a Bulls Eye!
_16 Watermelon Contest, Sophia (at left in blue) Wins! (Lauren Carter Best Donated Prize)
_17 Balloon Toss Competition, Leslie Referees at Center Back
_18 Matt Steidle

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