Kiddie Parade delights children of all ages


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Dozens of children and adults dressed in patriotic outfits and took part in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade on Monday.


There were all sort of wagons, bicycles and scooters represented in the parade.


There was even a tractor pulling several participants this year in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade.


No child is ever considered too young to take part in the parade.


Snacks were served and enjoyed by all following the parade.


Everyone who participated had a good time.


The parade went from 8th Street, down Main Street and around the square with dozens of participants.


Snacks and refreshments were free of charge to all participants.


One of Russellville’s most beloved small-town traditions took place on Monday as the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade once again made its way from 8th Street, down Main Street and around the square with dozens of participants.

This was the fifth year that the local Kiwanis have been in charge of the parade, which was started several decades ago by Russellville residents Joyce and the late Bob Guion.

As usual, the Russellville police and fire departments, along with the Logan County EMS, were big parts of the parade.

“Thanks go out to our Russellville Police and Fire Department, our county ambulance service and the rural fire department,” said Don Firchow, one of this year’s parade chair persons. “The Kiwanis Club appreciates their willingness to be a big part of the parade.”

Joyce Guion said she and her late husband, Bobby, began holding the parade in the mid-1950s when their children were young. After an absence of several years, they rekindled the idea in the 1980s. She said she felt like, “it was the right thing to do.”

The local Kiwanis Club took over the organization and planning several years ago.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Dozens of children and adults dressed in patriotic outfits and took part in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade on Monday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper13-1.jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Dozens of children and adults dressed in patriotic outfits and took part in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade on Monday.

There were all sort of wagons, bicycles and scooters represented in the parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper16-1.jpgThere were all sort of wagons, bicycles and scooters represented in the parade.

There was even a tractor pulling several participants this year in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper21-1.jpgThere was even a tractor pulling several participants this year in the annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade.

No child is ever considered too young to take part in the parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper23-1.jpgNo child is ever considered too young to take part in the parade.

Snacks were served and enjoyed by all following the parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper27-1.jpgSnacks were served and enjoyed by all following the parade.

Everyone who participated had a good time.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper11-1.jpgEveryone who participated had a good time.

The parade went from 8th Street, down Main Street and around the square with dozens of participants.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper19-1.jpgThe parade went from 8th Street, down Main Street and around the square with dozens of participants.

Snacks and refreshments were free of charge to all participants.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_paper25-1.jpgSnacks and refreshments were free of charge to all participants.

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By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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