Scott County

A parade always draws a crowd in Georgetown

Julie Saunders helped her daughter, Ella, 2, with her popsicle during the parade.
Julie Saunders helped her daughter, Ella, 2, with her popsicle during the parade.

GEORGETOWN — Parades remain popular among entertainment choices galore, nowhere more than in Scott County, which held its annual July Fourth celebration Saturday in downtown Georgetown.

Crowds of folks, young and old, lined the sidewalks along Main Street, striving for the best possible viewing position as the parade came rolling past.

Many found shady spots under shop awnings along the street; others sat in the open sunshine so as not to miss anything.

Dan and Barbara Lucas of Georgetown were in the latter category, wearing big hats for protection. They brought chairs and parked themselves at the corner of Main and Hamilton streets, within a few feet of the passing marchers.

"If you don't get a good place to sit, you can't see the parade," Barbara Lucas said. The couple moved here from Florida four years ago.

"We loved it the first time we drove through," Barbara Lucas said.

They've been coming to the July Fourth parade since. They even participated in the parade once, with a group from their church.

In fact, this being a small town, most of the spectators along Main Street either had been in the July Fourth parade at some time or knew someone marching Saturday.

Which was why Bill Hoffman, born and raised here, was perched high on the roof of his pickup truck.

"I want to see my two kids, who are in the group from the First Presbyterian Church," Hoffman said.

Friends Martha Graves, Reba Stone and Linda Slone of Georgetown usually are in the parade, driving their convertibles. (Graves has a red Mustang, Stone a blue Corvette). But Graves has her arm in a sling. So the three decided to just spectate this year, seated in folding chairs so they could be comfortable.

"It's just a good old-fashioned kind of Fourth of July parade that everybody can enjoy," Graves said.

The parade got under way moments after the clock at the Scott County Courthouse struck 11 a.m. The Star-Spangled Banner was sung and the parade began — with Boy Scouts, firefighters and a Marine band that smartly halted and swung right into a rousing rendition of the Marines' Hymn.

Traditional stuff, but all generations could relate.

"It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a parade," said Jan Sekula of Georgetown, who brought her mother, Agnes Kleemier, to see the march. Kleemier said she has come to the parade for years.

Sid Hisel, 84, of Georgetown brought his great-grandson, William Hisel, to see the annual celebration of America's birthday. William is 7 but emphasized that he's "almost 8."

"My wife is just down the street with William's sister, Summer, who is 3," Sid Hisel said. "We've been coming to these parades for a long time now. We don't miss too many of them, because they're always fun."

The parade kicked off a full day of patriotic celebrating, winding up with a traditional fireworks show at Brookings Park.

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