Parade to make colorful downtown July 3

By Joseph McCain Winston County Journal

Children will take over Main Street Tuesday, July 3 as they ride through on their decorative bikes, trikes and “what-not” to celebrate independence and honor the veterans.

This event is more commonly known as the Red, White and Blue Parade. The Chamber of Commerce has held the parade and following firework show for approximately 11 years now, and aims to host it for years to come.

“We celebrate this event around Independence Day to help our children understand what independence is all about and provide a sense of community,” said Winston County Chamber of Commerce director Linda Skelton.

The parade will take place downtown on Main St., with children in the parade meeting in the courthouse parking lot between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The parade will begin 6 p.m.

The parade is for children ages 12 and under, and all are encouraged to patriotically decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons and more, although no motorized vehicles are allowed. Children are also encouraged to invite a veteran to walk along with them during the parade.

The Chamber of Commerce will be furnishing hot dogs, while the “Wrinkled Roosters,” will be there to cook the hot dogs and serve the children.

Afterwards all are invited bring their lawn chairs and enjoy live musical entertainment at beautiful Lake Tiak O’Khata at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a firework show at 9 p.m.

“Be sure to thank a veteran for being able to enjoy these freedoms,” said Skelton.