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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Blue Mound Independence Day event focuses on brighter future

Updated: 1 day ago


Bubbles floated off the deck of the Farmers State Bank float on Saturday, July 6, at the Blue Mound Independence Day parade. The town's Main Street and city park were teaming with residents and visitors for the annual celebration. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)


As the Farmers State Bank float wheeled down Main Street in Blue Mound on Saturday, July 6, it was full of bank personnel tossing candy to the children lining the parade route. With the bank named grand marshal for the day, the theme, "Investing in a Brighter Future," couldn't have been more appropriate.


And if the size of the crowd was any indication, the future does look bright for the town tucked into the southwest corner of Linn County. Main Street and the city park were buzzing with activity throughout the morning. The daylong event ended with a fireworks display at the ball field in the evening.


Members of the color guard included, from left, Russell Beth, Richard Becker, Ronnie Rohr, and Charlie Pogue. The men are members of the Blue Mound American Legion Post 279.


Taylor Robinson sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the parade.


Sponsored by Wes' Recycling, this electric powered sports car was driven by 5-year-old Aliyah with her sister Everley, 2, in the passenger seat. The vehicle was an entry in the kids parade.


Cheyenne Wingate, a candidate for Linn County Fair queen, tosses balls to kids along the parade route.


Linn County Fair queen candidate Rees Chapman rides in the parade. The two candidates sold tickets to fair events during the day.


Halle West steers a tractor down the parade route.

Five-year-old Evelyn gives it her best shot in the pedal pull contest.


Area veterans who have participated in the Honor Flight program ride on a float sponsored by the family of the late Ralph Nickell.


Street scenes






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