July 4 Celebration A Huge Success

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The “Fallen Soldiers from Arizona” entry draws applause from parade watchers.

The moisture we had took a respite from our afternoons with calm and sunny days. However this upcoming weekend, there is the possibility that shows we will have the return of the cumulus cover that cools and carries moisture to our afternoons.

The Heber-Overgaard Independence Day celebration was a large success. Heber-Overgaard swelled by thousands last weekend and many of those visitors turned out for the parade on Saturday, July 3 with their flags, chairs and spirit, cheering the parade entries as they moved down Highway 260 in a smart fashion.

There were entries from local organizations including the Ponderosa chapter of the Lions Club, Top of the Rim Eagles Lodge #4437, American Legion Post #86, The USDA Forest Service with Smokey Bear in a rather large Forest Service truck and others. There were some local businesses and political entries as well.

A group of Shelby Cobras were rumbling along in the parade strutting their horsepower followed with a three-foot miniature incarnation of a red 2009 Ford Mustang driven by a very apt young individual with his father running behind.

There was an entry, “... that others may live.” “Fallen Soldiers from Arizona,” paying homage to those who served and paid the ultimate price in service to our country. Each of the banners carried by the many young citizens had images of each of the service men and women and a detailed description of their service and sacrifice. Many of the parade goers were clapping and did not stop as this entry went by.

One of the more unusual entries was two men on foot with constrictor snakes wrapped on each of their shoulders and arms with the serpents peering out at the crowd. It was observed that one lady became squeamish at the sight of this entry and said, “I hope they do not get loose in the crowd!” However she displayed a smile afterward.

The fireworks display Saturday night at Mogollon High School was spectacular as local resident Marijune Snyder stated, “A happy day finishing with music and fireworks around 8:50 p.m. until about 9:30 with lovely sprays of colors! Kids watched on the upper deck.”

The Faith Lutheran Church is having its annual barbecue Saturday, July 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 Mogollon Drive. The menu includes a pit flavored barbecue beef and pork dinner with beans, tortillas, coleslaw, drinks and dessert. Cost is $8.50 for the adults and $3.50 for children under 12 years old. Take out is also available. For more information, please call (928) 535-9575.

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