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I would like to publicly thank Ms. Ruth Clontz of Glen Alpine for all the years of enjoyment she created many years ago by beginning the Glen Alpine Fourth of July Parade for her children. There is no way she could ever imagine what an event it would turn into over the years.

My family participated for the first time approximately 40 years ago and, as for Abernathy Street in Glen Alpine, we take the parade very seriously. This year, we had two trailers, a cart, motorcycle and lots and lots of kids. One of the trailer’s participants had my grandchildren and a great-grandchild (thank you Adam/Kristin for letting them ride). It is so much fun seeing them carry on the tradition while enjoying themselves so much.

Thank you also to those who have put in so much work and organization to allow the parade to continue (I don’t know who you are, but thank you). The parade is a highlight for my family each year and it is so much fun seeing children as well as adults participating in and bystanders enjoying the parade.

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