And The Winners Are…



Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc. Announces Winners of July 4, 2016 Parade and Family Events


On Monday, July 4, 2016, the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., held a full day of family-friendly traditional and new events, culminating in the annual patriotic parade.


Many of these events involved competitions, the results of which are as follows:


Horseshoe Pitching, held in Rockfield Park


Women’s Singles Champion: Connie Nichols, Peach Bottom, PA

2nd place: Breanna Smith, Darlington, MD


Women’s Doubles Champions: Vicki Smith, Darlington, MD; and Breanna Smith, Darlington, MD

2nd place: Bonnie Schleicher, Bel Air, MD; and Velma Schleicher, Bel Air, MD


Men’s Singles Champion: Glenn Sargable, Aberdeen, MD

2nd place: Doug Anderson, Bel Air, MD


Men’s Double Champion: Norm Meadows, Bel Air, MD; and Jeff Dandy, Bel Air, MD

2nd place: Doug Anderson, Bel Air, MD; and Mark Farrington, Bel Air, MD



Water Balloon Toss, held in Shamrock Park


Ages 6 and under: James from Kingsville and Chloe from Forest Hill

Ages 7-10: Donovan from Forest Hill and Collin from Bel Air

Ages 13 – adult: Mike Gurgen and partner from Bel Air and Fallston

2nd place: Liz and Margaret from Bel Air and Abingdon


Costume Contest, held in the Shamrock Park Bandshell


Patriotic Costumes

1st place: Lacy Harry and Jace Brown, of Bel Air, MD, as “Beribboned Cousins”

2nd place: Jeff Hopkins of Bel Air, MD, as a “Legal Alien [Predator]”

3rd place: Wyatt Orman and Jacob Virden of North Harford, as “flag people”


Generic or Traditional Costumes

1st place: Nate Harry, of Bel Air, MD, as a “Whoopie Cushion”

2nd place: Sydney Hergan, of Bel Air, MD, as “Dog Lover”

3rd place: Christina Andrews, of Bel Air, MD, as “Baby!”


Uncle Sam Says, held in Shamrock Park


Ages 5-7

1st place: Lillian Ramsey-Meyers, Bel Air, MD

2nd place: Lilliana Kish, Abingdon, MD

3rd place: Braydon Cantas, Abingdon, MD


Ages 8-10

Amella Daniels, North East, MD

William Zayas, Bel Air, MD

Donovan Gannon, Forest Hill, MD


Ages 11-13

Riely Binder, Bel Air, MD

Brenna Franklin, Bel Air, MD

Lily Green, Forest Hill, MD


Ages 14+

Madison Battaglia, Bel Air, MD

Matt Battaglia, Bel Air, MD

Margaret Palmer, Bel Air, MD


Watermelon Eating Contest, held in Shamrock Park


Ages 6 and under

1st place: Rowen Liles, Bel Air, MD

2nd place: Jane Flynn, Abingdon, MD

3rd place: Kyle Petz


Ages 7-10

1st place: Nate Harry, Bel Air, MD

2nd place: Jake Hartman, Bel Air, MD

3rd place: Ava Pippitt, Bel Air, MD


Ages 11-16

1st place: Anthony Romano, Bel Air, MD

2nd place: Connor Mace, Bel Air, MD

3rd place: Charles Romano, Bel Air, MD


Ages 17+

1st place: Brian Daniels, North East, MD

2nd place: Jeff Tolson, Bel Air, MD

3rd place: Bobby Weaver, Bel Air, MD


Bicycle Rodeo, held at the Bel Air Armory


Best Decorated, Boys: Sam Bradshaw, Bel Air, MD


Best Decorated Tricycle: Lily Coleman, Delta, PA

2nd place: Grant Parrish, Bel Air, MD

3rd place: Emory Parrish, Bel Air, MD


1st place, Ages 5 and under: Sarah Nimmo, Chesapeake, VA

2nd place, Ages 5 and under: Bret Burrows, Bel Air, MD

3rd place, Ages 5 and under: Emily Butler, Bel Air, MD


1st place, Ages 6-8: Savannah Edwards, Fallston, MD

2nd place, Ages 6-8: Ryan Ramsey, Bel Air, MD

3rd place, Ages 6-8: Elena Bennett, Bel Air, MD


1st place, Ages 9-10: Jacob Michalesko, Tegacay, SC

2nd place, Ages 9-10: Anna Bennett, Bel Air, MD

3rd place, Ages 9-10: Elizabeth Herron, Forest Hill, MD


1st place, Ages 11-13: Norman Jones, Delta, PA

2nd place, Ages 11-13: Drew Evans, Bel Air, MD


After an afternoon break, the 2016 Parade took place, under challenging weather conditions but with high spirits and before an astonishingly large crowd. At the reviewing stand, six volunteer judges made the following determinations, based on each unit’s style, enthusiasm, and adherence to the 2016 parade theme: HONORING OUR HOME-TOWN HEROES.




Best in Parade – Floats

1st place: Oak Grove Baptist Church

2nd place: Girl Scout Troop 2825

3rd place: Baha’i’s of Bel Air

4th place: Harford Stockyards 4H Club

5th place  Harford Christian School


Best in Parade – Equestrian Units

1st Place: America in Miniature

2nd Place: Hall’s Honey Pots


Best in Parade – Bands and Drum Corps

1st Place: Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps

2nd Place: Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps

3rd Place: John F. Nicoll Pipes & Drums

4th Place: Core Visual Performing Arts


Best in Parade – Antique Vehicles

1st Place: Elmer & Kathleen Smith Antique Car and Tractor

2nd Place: Sing It America! Dr. Shelli Manuel

3rd Place: Maryland State Police Alumni Association


Best in Parade – Color Guards 

1st Place: Harford County Sheriff’s Department

2nd Place: 20th CBRNE Command

3rd Place: Bel Air American Legion Post #39


Best Parade Units (not including floats):

1st Place: Avondell / Brightview Assisted Living

2nd Place: Harford County Creative Problem Solvers – Destination Imagination

3rd Place: Alpha-Omega Offroad & Christian Ministry

4th Place: Ronald Tew – 1914 Indian Motorcycle Replica

5th Place: Dance With Me School of Dance


Best in Parade – Emergency Services

1st Place: Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company

2nd Place: Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company


Best in Parade – Comic/Novelty Acts

1st Place: Michael Rosman’s Circus Camp Stars

2nd Place: The Magic Continues Character Company

3rd Place: The Zombie Terpadactyl


“Absolutely Unique” Entry:

The Harford County Fire Prevention Ambassadors & Safety House


Units Deserving Particular Mention:

Most Patriotic: Miss Appalachia 2016 Allison Redman

Most Popular with the Crowd: Miss Bel Air 2016 Carrianne Cicero


Judges’ Awards for Entries of Special Merit:

Edgewood High School Marching Band

Fallston High School Marching Band

  1. Milton Wright High School Marching Band

John Carroll School Marching Band

Level Volunteer Fire Company

Edible Arrangements

Harford County Detachment 1198 Marine Corps League


Daytime event winners received ribbons or trophies; parade winners will be contacted by the Bel Air Independence Day Committee to receive their recognition (including cash awards and plaques).


The event concluded with a display of fireworks over Rockfield Park in Bel Air.


For more information about the 4th of July festivities in Bel Air, Maryland, please visit or the Bel Air Independence Day Committee Facebook page.

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