July 4th Mexia celebration not dampened by rain

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 4, started out with steady rain in Mexia, but residents didn’t let the wet stuff keep them from celebrating the birthday of the nation.
The early events got postponed until 10 a.m.; and by then mud puddles were all that remained of the rain, thunder and lightning that marked the early morning weather.
Since the Firecracker 5K Run was rescheduled by two hours, some people could not stay because they had other plans, so they were refunded their money, but as 10 a.m. approached, new people appeared to take their place. The top male finisher was Kobe Yepez, a 16-year-old from Round Rock, with a time of only 16:57. The top female finisher was Macie Martinez, of Mexia, who had made it to state finals in UIL competition last year. Her father, Pete Martinez, who has often placed in the top few finishers in this and other 5K runs, took second overall this year.
Next on the agenda was the Women’s Skillet Toss, a hoot as usual, which had 47 contestants.

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