Creston’s streets were flooded with festivities as residents gathered Thursday to celebrate Independence Day.
Early birds were browsing and shopping the Scholastic book fair, farmers’ market and flea market early Thursday in uptown prior to staking out their seats to watch Creston’s annual Fourth of July parade.
By 10 a.m., sidewalks were filled with parade-goers, many who displayed their patriotic spirit by wearing red, white and blue attire. Creston fire and area departments kicked off the parade by sounding their sirens, which perked the ears of children standing by ready to catch candy launched from passing floats.
After the parade, spectators poured into the restored Creston depot to escape the sun. Inside the depot, Children stood on risers to watch model trains controlled by Creston Model Railroaders, Creston:Arts Gallery featured pottery by Paul Koch of Carson and Friends of the Library sold books.
The fragrance of funnel cake by Appalachian Service Project volunteers wafted through the air in McKinley Park as Old Tyme Power churned homemade ice cream with the help of a John Deere tractor.
Also in McKinley, “pioneers” rode in a carriage pulled by horses as they waved to passersby heading to the Union County Historical Complex, classic and antique tractor pull, skate board competition, bingo and family barbecues.
The annual talent show featured singers, dancers and musicians at McKinley Park Band Shell. Nine-year-old Charly Proctor showcased her talent by singing “Star Spangled Banner,” which earned her a standing ovation from the crowd and first-place within her age-group.
By dusk, families, friends and neighbors dragged blankets and lawn chairs to McKinley Park to watch a 20-minute fireworks display by Creston Shooters over the water of McKinley Lake.