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Traditional Parade Welcomes 4th of July in Raymond
By Cheryl Killam 7-04-13

Raymond's 4th of July Parade always draws a crowd. The parade participants began gathering at 8:30 AM beside Argo Cycles on Epping Street. Parade coordinator Mike Kappler ran around gathering last minute entries assigning them their line up places.

By 9 AM people had planted their chairs claiming their spots on the sidewalks along Epping Street under the few trees that provided shade in 80 degree temperatures.

   

The American flag flew majestically from the fire department's ladder truck parked in the town office parking lot across from people sitting three rows deep waiting for the parade to begin.

Marilyn Elliott, her 5 yr old grand-daughter Grace and her daughter Andrea Elliott were ready to wave their flags while others had their buckets ready to collect candy.

Deb Moulton of Epping was decked out in red, white and blue right down to her sun-glasses.

The Quintal family, in the back, including Estelle, Billie Jo, Wayne and Mike along with Susan Shepard and Geri Rakich waited in the shade on their lawn.

The Auclair family under the only tree, in front of IC Reed, that provided shade.  

The first participants to lead the parade down towards the common at 9:30 AM was a Walmart tractor trailer followed by the Raymond Area Rotary Club holding their banner.

   

Selectman Wayne Welch drove his pair of horses pulling the Raymond 250th Anniversary float.

Town Manager Craig Wheeler visited with parade watchers along the route.

 

Judges Kathleen Hoelzel, Greg Sevinski and Kevin Pratt picked the category winners listed below.

Wheeled:

1st- Brian Carpentier 1952 Ice Cream Cart

2nd - Deerfield Fire Truck

   

3rd - Pine Acres 15 Golf Carts and ATV's

 

Animal Category:

   

1st - Raymond's 250th Anniversary Wagon pulled by Welch's horses

   

2nd - Raymond Silver Saddles 4-H Horse Club

3rd - 15 year old Amber sitting on "Ambers Cart"

 

Antique Specialty:

1st - Morrell"s Auto Service 1930 Model A Pickup

2nd - Ray Cresswell's 1948 Packard Custom 8 4-door Sedan in Black

3rd - Happy Ending Autobody 1955 Chevy

 

Floats:

1st - Providence Baptist Church "1947 Sons of Liberty"

2nd - New Life Church "Kidz Week"

3rd - Raymond Baptist Church "Gold Rush"

 

On Foot:

1st - Stillwells One-Stop Ice Cream Shop and Party Shop

 

2nd - Pack 100 Cub Scouts

 

Judges Choice:

Greg Bemis and Kathy Lee's "1853 Train Engine and Caboose" for the Raymond Historical Society. Others who contributed to building this float were David Hoelzel and his granddaughter Jamie, Marge DesJardin, Kathy and Bob McDonald, Happy Endings Autobody and John from Strucco Mechanics.

 

 

Greg Bemis and Kathy Lee with their "Judges Choice" award.

 

On the common were two bouncy houses filled with air for children to jump around in and games for the older children to compete in at the other corner.

   

 

   

New Life Church handed out bag after bag of home made chocolate chip, pumpkin and oatmeal raisin cookies, brownies and other snacks while the Congregational Church gave out steamed hotdogs and watermelon.. all FREE!

   

Children were lined up waiting for the clown to create their favorite balloon animal while others were engaged in arts and crafts at the tables.

 

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Photos by Cheryl Killam

 

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