Marching in Mt. Sterling on July 4th

(Posted July 5, 2022)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer and Photographer

The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce hosted an Independence Day parade on July 4. For close to an hour, a festively adorned crowd enjoyed the sights and sounds of band music, emergency horns, and the clattering of candy hitting the ground as parade entries made their way through the village’s downtown area.

Zach Graham, a firefighter with the Tri-County Joint Fire District, and his daughter Addilyn, 7, prepare to step off for the parade. The Grahams were riding in Mount Sterling’s first motorized pump truck which was built in 1936.
Kylo, a 1.5-year old Bernedoodle, looks dazzling in his glittering top hat and matching scarf. The Mount Sterling resident was supposed to walk with his fellow canines as part of the Hairy Styles Dog Salon procession, but his owner, Sherry Alkire, pulled him out at the last minute. “It was too hot for his thick fur,” she explained.
Army veteran Carrol Liston salutes the flag as the national anthem is played. Liston, a member of American Legion Post 417, was at the parade with his great-grandchildren, Paislee (pictured) and Rylee Liston.
Members and supporters of Masonic Lodge 269 throw candy and wave to the masses in their patriotic float.
The Madison-Plains High School marching band showcases their skills.
Grove City resident Owen Pratt, 7, scoops up candy on North London Street. He said he was quite pleased with his haul.
Waiting for the festivities to begin are (from left) Fallon Bailey, Emily Hignite, Violet Haning, Evan Hignite and Parker Haning. Their grandmother, Lisa Self, said they all make it a point to come to her home in Mount Sterling for the 4th of July parade as their route offers plenty of candy. “Ours is the first stop on the candy route,” she quipped.
Kyle Yates, a member of Masonic Lodge 269, grills hotdogs for the public after the parade.
The Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League engages with the crowd.
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