The City of Atwater pulled it off once again.
Despite the past year of covid-related restrictions and tough budget constraints, the good people of Atwater — including organizers, volunteers and community donors — managed to create a feel-good, hometown Fourth of July celebration for the entire region to enjoy.
Residents from across the county descended on downtown Atwater to take part in this year’s parade and park festival. Excited residents lined Broadway as dozens of parade entries and floats passed by on their way to Ralston Park.
This year’s parade entry Grand Prize Winner was APG Solar, followed by honorable mentions for CASA of Merced County, JRSSOMA, and Aubrey Del Toro with Shimmer. The Best Car entries were awarded to the Merced Roundabouts, Thomas Gaithersburg, Cocomos, and Brian Webster and Family.
The Atwater High School Marching Band took the Top Band award.
In the Run For Independence, 16-year-old Micah Caballero of Atwater won the overall Men’s 2-Mile race with a time of 11:54, followed by John Guerrero, 30, of Atwater, and Diego Gutierrez, 18, of Atwater.
Allie Harman of Rocklin, 13, won the overall Women’s 2-Mile with a time of 15:03.7, followed by Karina Guido, 17, and Zoe Brown, 16, both of Atwater
In the 5-Mile race overall, 26-year-old Izzak Mireles of Livingston was the winner with a time of 26:24.8, followed by Jimmie Summers, 18, and Rafael Aguilar, 45, of Atwater.
In the women’s 5-Mile, 52-year-old Bridget Shelton of Atwater won with at time of 27:09.0, followed by Christina Jimenez, 39, and Lena Llamas, 12, of Merced.