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4th Honors presented at street dance

(Dylan Cerda is presented with Chenoan of the Year from Zack Lopeman of the Chenoa 4th Committee)

Many deserving honors were presented Monday evening during the 2023 Chenoa Fourth of July celebration prior to the street dance.

Bill and Norma Wilson were named Mr. and Mrs. Fourth of July. They have been active in the community for many years and have been married for 72 years.

“It’s such a high honor for us to be selected,” Bill told Chenoa News after the award was presented. “We love the town and love the people.”

The Wilsons helped with the big Chenoa holiday events years ago that brought numerous people to town. They also operated a business on the east edge of town known as The Trading Station along Route 24.

“We bought and sold antiques for many years,” explained Bill.

The Trading Station had customers from all over the United States and was a successful business. Norma grew up in Chenoa and Bill came to town when he was 16.

Dylan Cerda was named Chenoan of the Year. Cerda helps operate Chenoa Fitness Center and OB’s Cervezaria. He also volunteers with the Chenoa Shop-n-Go group and has another project in the works.

“I’m so appreciative of Chenoa and just being born and raised here,” said Cerda. “The opportunities I’ve been given are unbelievable.”

Cerda admits everything he is involved with is a time commitment and he now has a growing family.

“I like keeping busy, it’s fun.”

Master Firecracker and Miss Sparkler are Malachi Travis and Zoey Benning.

House decorating contest winners included: Rob and Bev Pickett in first place, followed by Gary and Gina Keneipp in second and John and Jackie Corrie in third.

(Bill & Norma Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Chenoa 4th of July)

(Malachi Travis & Zoey Benning, Master Fire Cracker and Miss Sparkler)

(Chenoan of the Year, Dylan Cerda poses with his award)

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