Independence Day celebrated in Yadkinville

Area veterans lead the Yadkinville Fourth of July parade bearing the flag.

Jacob Shore, center, along with his family, serves as grand marshal for the Yadkinville Fourth of July parade.

Area veterans are honored on a float during the annual Fourth of July parade in Yadkinville.

A parade of bright red tractors cruises down Main Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Yadkinville.

Area churches participate in the annual July 4 parade in Yadkinville.

The Surry Community College truck driving school is represented during the annual Fourth of July parade in Yadkinville.

Closing out the annual July 4 parade in Yadkinville are several horses with riders dressed in patriotic red, white and blue.

The Stan Bobbitt Band performs at Yadkinville Elementary School following the July 4 parade.

Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain, the annual Yadkinville Fourth of July parade went on as scheduled Saturday afternoon and the streets were lined with children and adults anxious for the celebration.

Veterans with the local honor guard led the parade on to Main Street bearing the flag as onlookers applauded.

The grand marshal for the parade was Jacob Shore, a young child who suffers from a rare blood disease known as Diamond Blackfan Anemia. A few years ago the town began the tradition of having local children who are facing health challenges to serve as the parade’s grand marshal in order to honor them and bring awareness to help the family.

“It’s just wonderful, it’s exciting,” said Shore’s godmother, Marlene Turner, of having the youngster as the parade’s grand marshal.

Sharon Sloop, Shore’s “mimi,” said she was honored for her grandson to be recognized in this way.

“It’s wonderful for the community to all come together and realize what’s ahead of this child the rest of his life and we’re all here behind him,” she said.

Following the vehicle bearing the parade grand marshal, came a float bearing area veterans and decorated with American flags. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles from around the county paraded down Main Street with lights blinking and sirens blaring. Children rushed to the sides of the streets to catch candy thrown by parade participants.

Classic cars, antique tractors, floats from various area churches and organizations and horses completed the procession.

“It’s just small town fun, a tradition every year,” said Kelly Warden, a resident of East Bend who attended the parade with her family.

The festivities continued with food and live music from the Stan Bobbitt Band on the grounds of Yadkinville Elementary School. The day, of course, wrapped up with a fireworks display.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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