Hot time in Sunbury for Fourth of July celebration
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last Wednesday’s Fourth of July was hot. A typically large crowd showed up for Sunbury’s Independence Day Parade, Read, Write & Bloom, but quickly evaporated after the final float went by. On most Independence Days, unless it’s raining, parade viewers would wander the Flea Market on Sunbury Square. This year many headed elsewhere; anywhere with AC.
The Sunbury/Galena Rotary Club organized the parade; Vision Concept Technology and Indco Electrical Contractors sponsored the parade.
Parade announcers were Glenn Evans, known as the Voice of the Eagles during Big Walnut High School’s football season, and Steve Butler, who will soon take the helm as principal of the new Big Walnut Intermediate School.
Recognized immediately before the parade were Community Library director and Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce board member Chauncey Montgomery, who served as the Parade Grand Marshal, BST&G Firefighter of the Year Rob Stambaugh and Porter Kingston Fire District Chief Michael Thompson.
Of the more than 75 entries, the President’s Choice Award went to the Big Walnut Relay For Life float, and the Best Read, Write and Bloom Theme Award was the Sunbury Lions Club float.
The Best Float Award went to the Harlem Township Heritage Committee, with Kountry Kids 4-H Club coming in a close second.
Jeremy Viers entered the Best Antique Tractor; Glenn and Forrest Heil entered the Second-place Antique Tractor.
Jeff Blair’s 1930 Model-A Ford was voted the Best Antique Vehicle, with Second-place going to Donald Feeney’s 1928 Plymouth Touring Car.
The Best Horse Unit Award went to Heart of Ohio Horseplay; the Rag-Tag Gang placed second.
Following the parade, and new this year, KidZone on the Square, sponsored by Ohio Health, featured free bounce house fun. Fun Frolics games, traditionally held at the Big Walnut High School Football Stadium, was also located on the square.
A Football Skills Punt, Pass & Kick Contest held at JR Smith Park was hosted by members of the Big Walnut Youth Athletic Association and featured prizes.