Tradition reigns in Siloam festivities

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News

The Siloam community will turn back the clock for a festive old-time celebration on Tuesday morning as residents continue a more than 30-year tradition of gathering for Independence Day on “The Square.”

Hosted by the Copeland Ruritan Club, the day will begin with the annual Fourth of July parade. The parade is open to everyone and all types of entries including floats, bicycles, classic cars, tractors, horses, four-wheelers and any other entries. No registration is required, with entrants asked to be available for line-up at 9 a.m. at Hardy Brothers Trucking.

The parade will begin promptly at 9:30, with the procession making its way along Siloam Road to The Square. Organizers recommend that those planning to attend by way of Siloam Road make their way to The Square before the parade’s starting time.

Among those taking part will be the Shriners’ mini-trucks. Parade participants are encouraged to disperse candy along the route and businesses, churches and civic organizations are invited to show off their creativity with a float entry. “Best of Parade” trophies will be awarded in several categories..

Upon arrival, expected to be at around 10 a.m., 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 will be encouraged to try their hand at a creative variety of old-fashioned games. Older residents may take part in the several guessing games sponsored by the Siloam Extension Homemakers, with prizes to be awarded.

Another summer highlight will be an old-fashioned watermelon eating contest, with anyone invited to take part.

Concessions will feature hot dogs grilled by club members along with cold soft drinks. Continuing a long history of their involvement in the day, desserts will be offered by the Siloam Extension Homemakers. The group will also be taking orders for “Down Home In Siloam” T-shirts.

“With this being held in the morning,” Copeland Ruritan representative Jerry Venable said, “it has a different feel. The guessing games, watermelon and prizes all have an old-time feel. It’s over by about noon. This is about community and people coming together to enjoy the holiday.”

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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