SILOAM — Siloam will continue a longstanding Independence Day tradition on Saturday, as the Copeland Ruritan Club hosts an old-fashioned community parade and celebration on “The Square.”
The day will begin with the annual Fourth of July parade, with line-up scheduled to take place at Hardy Brothers Trucking beginning at 9 a.m. The parade is open to everyone with all types of entries including floats, bicycles, go-karts, classic cars and tractors encouraged to participate. No registration is required.
“We want to encourage everybody to take part,” Copeland Ruritan representative Jerry Venable said, “including churches, civic club and businesses, and even families and individuals. We’re hoping to see a lot of participation and the more floats we have, the better.”
The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the procession making its way along Siloam Road to The Square. Entries are encouraged to bring along plenty of candy for dispersal along the route and at The Square.
Upon arrival, residents will be invited to enjoy an assortment of activities and entertainment for the entire family. Featured will be the music of local favorites, The Marshall Brothers Band.
Youngsters and adults will be encouraged to try their hand at a variety of old-fashioned games and contests with some prizes offered.
A talent show will feature local entries competing for trophies and will be open to any entrants.
Trophies also will be awarded among parade entrants for the cleanest tractor and the dirtiest tractors, the best car and the best float. In a new award, the best parade entry by a youth will be recognized, with judges looking for uniqueness and creativity.
Concessions will feature hot dogs grilled by club members along with cold soft drinks. Continuing a long history of their involvement in the day, “sweet treats” will be offered by the Siloam Extension Homemakers.
Commemorative “Down Home in Siloam” T-shirts will be offered throughout the morning.
“Independence Day has always been important in this community,” Venable said, “and this brings a lot of people together. Families come in for the holiday and, a lot of times, some people may not see each other again until next year.
“We’re only here for about three hours,” he continued, “so people still have a chance to do other things during the day. It’s good for the community to have this chance to come together.”
Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.