The Eager Beavers took home the 2017 Wiffle Ball Championship this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Beth Marchek)
The Eager Beavers took home the 2017 Wiffle Ball Championship this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Beth Marchek)
WREN – There is nothing more that the people of Wren could have asked for this past weekend. Skies were blue, humidity was low, there was comfortable breeze and one of the largest parades in community history entertained hundreds of visitors lining the streets of this western Van Wert County community.

As parade time approached, every street in town was lined with cars, campers emptied as those visiting scampered to the streets to the sound of sirens and military veterans leading this year’s procession through town, crowned with a helicopter that broke the deep blue skies to circle the village several times.

“I was born and raised here,” said Chelle Clifton, who was taking advantage of the shade in Moser Park. “I’ve always lived just outside of town. It is wonderful to see the hugs of people who see each other for the first time at Wren Days.”

“This time brings money into town. It takes a lot more money than people realize to run our ballfields and ball programs for our young people. This helps support that,” added Clifton.

“I married into this community,” said Jeremy Tribolet. “I’m impressed with the way that everyone knows everybody. People are friendly; they would do anything for each other.”

One of the most intriguing parts of the weekend event aside from the overflowing crowds at the highly-regarded wiffle ball tournament, was the historical area at the east end of Moser Park housing the old-fashioned one room school and the log cabin.

The log cabin, rarely opened, contains dishes, clothing and housewares from the early days of Wren, first Greenwood, over 100 years ago. A glass case houses early medication containers used by early physicians, photographs and newspaper stories of the early time period.

Hillary Straw led a bake sale designed to raise money for the rejuvenation of the Wren Heritage Committee. Straw noted that the Heritage Committee recently sponsored an open movie in the park which attracted over 125 people.

“We want to bring events to Moser Park the way they used to,” said Straw. “We want to get some more kids’ stuff and do things for the community. We plan to use donations to make the park better.”

Straw noted that future goals for the Heritage Committee includes more movie nights, community picnics, repairs on the Hurless School and log cabin and work on fundraisers for future giving.

“This is a close knit community. Everyone helps each other and would do anything for each other. It’s that closeness that makes this festival successful and draws the people into town the way we are seeing this weekend,” noted Straw.