This is an article in today's edition of the News-Reporter.
The twelfth annual Independence Day Parade will be held on July 4 at 8:00 a.m. at Fort Washington Park (behind the Wilkes County Courthouse).
Made up of walkers, bicycles, strollers, scooters, and animals on leashes, the parade will form at the park and move to The Square, then proceed down to Liberty Street, east to Jefferson Street, and back to the Park.
A short program including the reading of a portion of the Declaration of Independence, Pledge to the flag, and patriotic songs, will be held at the park. Prizes will be given for the best decorated participants.
Forty-four people joined in the first parade which has since grown to over 100 people plus dogs. Vietnam veteran, Bobby West, and his faithful friend, Franklin, will again serve as Grand Marshal.
"Come join us at 8:00 a.m. while it is COOL," said Jo Randall, organizer of the parade. "It's a great way to begin the day that celebrates our country's independence."
Everyone is invited. Those who cannot walk the route are invited to bring lawn chairs for the program.