DeWitt Planning Homecoming for Jordyn Wieber
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Dozens will be at the Lansing Airport Thursday night just before 9:00 to welcome Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber home from London.
"It was awesome to see her bounce back from not making the all-around and seeing her perform so well and helping her team out," said Jessica Smith.
"We're all just gonna surprise her," said Arlyn Amor.
While thousands more will visit downtown DeWitt this weekend, welcoming her back to her downtown stomping grounds for its annual Ox Roast, where she will be the Grand Marshal of the parade.
"She's really a down-home person; not looking for a lot of celebrity status," said DeWitt's Mayor Jim Rundborg.
Although he says she is very excited about being such a big part of her town's parade, she's also excited about having some time to visit with fans, take pictures and sign autographs right after.
"We're very conscious too that she has an injury, and we don't wanna put her in a situation where that injury, because she's up and around doing this and that, is going to hurt it," continued the Mayor.
Which is why she will be driven in a Thunderbird, leading the way behind only a few police cars and firetrucks.
"It's all about Jordyn and that's where we wanna keep the focus."
Mayor Rundborg won't have to try hard; her appearance at the Ox Roast is already the big talk of the town.
The Ox Roast begins Thursday and goes until Saturday. Saturday's parade starts at 10 a.m. but the Mayor is encouraging everyone to show up about an hour early, since the crowd is expected to be twice the size it was last year.