The sirens started promptly at 9 a.m. as the police and fire departments led the way from the assembly area across US 259 down Main Street.
Abruptly, the Ore City policeman announced they would hold up for “technical difficulties.” As the first responders waited, the walking portion of the parade including the color guard of Boy Scout Troop 307 slowly appeared and caught up with their leaders.
Both the number of entries in the parade and the crowd observing the festivites was cut in half from past years with the continuing heat a contributing factor.
Included in the parade route were the Lions Club, Robert Newsome with his classic Bronco, J.W. and Brenda Jeffery and their antique vehicles, the Maness Furniture Econoline van with a new paint job proclaiming “A Christian Nation” to go with the rack of Protestant church and national flags.
Also in the procession were Miss Junior Ore City, Miss Petite Ore City, Baby Miss Ore City, Little Miss Ore City and La Petite Miss Ore City.
A Yankee “prisoner” with the flag of the USA led the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Lone Star led by Paul Hamilton.
Following the parade, Lynn Hamilton performed the National Anthem on his trumpet to open the activities at the bandstand and the children headed for the games and the horseshoe tournament.