Rain does little to dampen Fourth celebration


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



All Aboard! Several local youngsters were treated to a ride on this tractor-train for the Ararat Independence Day Parade on Monday.


Dean Palmer | The News

This patriotic golf cart, one of several taking part in the Ararat Independence Day parade, was driven by Jessica Culler.


Dean Palmer | The News

Back at the fire station, this fire truck bounce house proved to be a hit with the children. Here, 6-year-old Sadie Draughn emerges from the house with a smile during the Ararat Independence Day celebration.


Dean Palmer | The News

Ararat firefighters also proved adept at manning the grill. Here, a long line of residents enjoy fellowship as they wait in line for a hot dog.


Dean Palmer | The News

This float promoting R.D. Bingman in the mock campaign for “Mayor” of Ararat brought a smile to watchers, promising to keep community lawns looking good by keeping lawn mower blades sharp.


Dean Palmer | The News

A rainy morning could do little to dampen the holiday enthusiasm of the Ararat community as residents gathered for the annual Independence Day parade and celebration.

Parade entrants gathered early Monday morning, allowing a long and colorful parade to wind its way along Ararat Road to the Ararat Volunteer Fire Station. Organizers counted 72 entries, including floats, classic cars, tractors, golf carts, four-wheelers and numerous vehicles from other area fire and service organizations.

“This was a good parade for us,” firefighter Sam Goins noted. “We’ve had some showers before, during other years, and rain doesn’t seem to keep people from taking part or watching.”

After arriving at the fire station, parade participants joined others from the community for a morning of food, fellowship and fun. The Ararat Masonic Lodge was on hand to sell barbecue sandwiches while fire department representatives served up hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Other highlights included a fire truck-shaped bounce house, which proved to be a favorite with youngsters, as well as music by local favorite Billy C. Smith.

And in a hotly contested battle, young incumbent “Mayor” Bailey Key was able to retain her title.

“We were glad to see a really good crowd come out for this,” Goins said. “This is something we enjoy doing for the community, a way for us to show our appreciation for their support throughout the year. It’s a good day for everybody to come together and enjoy a good time.”

All Aboard! Several local youngsters were treated to a ride on this tractor-train for the Ararat Independence Day Parade on Monday.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC05651-001.jpgAll Aboard! Several local youngsters were treated to a ride on this tractor-train for the Ararat Independence Day Parade on Monday. Dean Palmer | The News

This patriotic golf cart, one of several taking part in the Ararat Independence Day parade, was driven by Jessica Culler.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC05646-001.jpgThis patriotic golf cart, one of several taking part in the Ararat Independence Day parade, was driven by Jessica Culler. Dean Palmer | The News

Back at the fire station, this fire truck bounce house proved to be a hit with the children. Here, 6-year-old Sadie Draughn emerges from the house with a smile during the Ararat Independence Day celebration.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC05660-001.jpgBack at the fire station, this fire truck bounce house proved to be a hit with the children. Here, 6-year-old Sadie Draughn emerges from the house with a smile during the Ararat Independence Day celebration. Dean Palmer | The News

Ararat firefighters also proved adept at manning the grill. Here, a long line of residents enjoy fellowship as they wait in line for a hot dog.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC05664-001.jpgArarat firefighters also proved adept at manning the grill. Here, a long line of residents enjoy fellowship as they wait in line for a hot dog. Dean Palmer | The News

This float promoting R.D. Bingman in the mock campaign for “Mayor” of Ararat brought a smile to watchers, promising to keep community lawns looking good by keeping lawn mower blades sharp.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC05640-001.jpgThis float promoting R.D. Bingman in the mock campaign for “Mayor” of Ararat brought a smile to watchers, promising to keep community lawns looking good by keeping lawn mower blades sharp. Dean Palmer | The News

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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