RUTLAND — Despite the heat participation in Rutland’s Independence Day parade Saturday was good and many people turned out to watch it go by.
“Firefighters 4 Freedom” was the theme with fire equipment from most communities in Meigs County and from several in Mason County in the lineup.
Red, white and blue colors dominated the entries in the parade which featured everything from tractors to three-wheelers, from political candidates to clowns, from Christian themed floats to flags galore, and from ball teams to beautiful floats. Entries in the parade were judged and trophies awarded in first and second places in several categories.
Awarded trophies in their respective categories were as follows: best float, Rutland Pee Wee Girls and the Cancer Society; best horse, Shayla Hysell and 4-H Riders; best walking units, the Mugrage and Yost-Hill political entries; the best vehicle, the Randy Hart antique truck, and Bud Hysell’s yellow Pontiac; the best bicycle, a child’s police car driven by Bradley Molden; the best marching unit, Meigs Marauder flag corps and the Meigs Marauder band.
The Rutland Police, the honor guard of Drew Webster Post 39 riding in a truck because of the excessive heat, and the Meigs Marauder marching band led the parade through town.
Once the parade was over activities and concessions in the park got underway. There were numerous things to do, to see, to buy, to take part in, to listen to and yes, to eat.
A cornhole tournament and bingo games got underway immediately following the parade. Because of the heat which by noon was moving toward the 100 degree mark, one of the most popular places in the park was the ice cream concession stand. Afternoon entertainment was by Southbound with Blitzkrieg performing in the evening. A 11 p.m. fireworks display concluded the event annually sponsored by the Rutland Fire Department.