the bistro off broadway

Weather doesn’t stop New Madison celebration
By Bob Robinson

It was a few minutes to 3 p.m. on July 4. People were lined along the street, waiting for first signs the parade had begun north of town. Sprinkles from an overcast sky had just started.

“Think it will hold off another hour?”

“We can only hope.”

Regardless, it was Independence Day in New Madison, Ohio. The weather didn’t keep people from showing up for the parade; it only meant they showed up dressed for the weather, many with huge umbrellas. Rain or not, the parade will come.

Kids are the same throughout Darke County. They come for the candy first, the parade second, and some even knew why there was a parade.

“Our independence,” said one young lady. She didn’t know, however, how old America was. “240 years old.” She shrugged her shoulders. She was seven, what’s another 233 years?

In the meantime, the annual volleyball tournament was ongoing at the community center. Festivities began July 2 with music at Schlechty’s Sports Bar and Grill. It continued Sunday with vendors in the school parking lot, food and beverage tent, corn hole tournament and music at the Civic Center.

July 4 activities started at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and wrapped up with fireworks at 10 p.m.

“Great fireworks! The best!” insists local resident and Board of Education member Amy Farmer. “Rain or no rain… fireworks have already been set up. They go off tonight!”

And they did.

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