A celebration of citizens showing patriotism for the United States and for their hometown of Wilkesville was evidenced as the 2017 Independence Day Parade was held on Tuesday, July 4.
The small community in eastern Vinton County has become known for having quality Independence Day parades. Emcee Constance White had good comments to make about the entries which included a boat, sheep, horses, Uncle Sam, a church and a host of other entries. Local singer David Stiffler sang God Bless the USA to the large crowd gathered down State Route 160 and at the village park. The song and the crowd came together fitting the theme of "Happy Birthday USA."
During the parade, White provided some quality information about the floats and how proud everybody is to be Americans. She also noted the community has shown some growth over the past few years. She gave special thanks to the Highway 160 Restaurant staff. She is also pleased that a new Family Dollar Store is under construction and there is pride being shown in the community through many activities.
After the parade was over, White announced the winners of the various divisions, which included: Children's: Madelyn and Emma Barr; Best Overall Float: Columbia Chapel Christian Church; Best Church Float: Wilkesville Presbyterian; Best Old Car: Jimmy and Tammy George, 1948 Dodge Truck; Most Unique Float: Joey Smith for the boat; and Horse Entry: Jen Smathers.
White thanked everyone for coming and said she hoped everyone would enjoy the nation's 241st birthday.