Whispering Pines hosted its 10th annual Independence Day parade on June 30 and invited neighboring Rim Country communities to participate. The one-mile parade attracted 24 entries from Rim Trails, Geronimo Estates, Cowan Ranch, Bonita Creek, Verde Glen, Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley. The parade floats included fire engines, trucks, ATVs and vehicles from the U.S. Forest Service and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to kids with decorated wagons and bicycles. Spectators along the route waved flags and shouted encouragement.
The parade ended at the Whispering Pines Fire Station, where more than 200 people enjoyed a barbecue lunch prepared by members of the Whispering Pines Fire Department Auxiliary.
Harry and Nancy Jones of Whispering Pines have organized these parades for many years. Nancy says, “It’s our contribution to the community and each year we’ve faced different challenges and learned a lot. Everyone cooperates, with the sheriff’s posse handling traffic control, fire department volunteers cleaning up the fire station and auxiliary women cooking the food. It is a multi-generation event with little kids riding bikes, Mom and Pop driving a float and the grandparents waving flags and taking pictures. Everyone has fun celebrating America’s independence.”
She adds, “Every year we have people come back and bring their friends up here to enjoy this little slice of small-town life.
“One woman said she felt like she was watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.”