Storm clouds threatened, but the sun shone brightly on Blacksburg’s 33rd Annual July 4th Parade, sponsored by Mount Tabor Ruritan Club.

Smokey Bear was the Grand Marshal, in celebration of his 75th birthday.

The boys and girls of Cub Pack 44 and Scout Troop 44, sponsored by Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, provided the Color Guard, proudly carrying a 20-foot flag at the head of the parade.

This year’s theme was “Caring for the Land.” More than 100 vehicles, walking units and floats lined up for the event. Trophies were presented to Mike Estes’ 1969 Ford Pumper Fire Engine for “Best Overall Unit.” Other winners included Summer Musical Enterprise (“The Little Mermaid”) for “Best Youth Unit”; and Montgomery County Democratic Committee for “Best Theme Representation.”

Blue ribbons were presented to:

  • Blacksburg Band, for best music;
  • Virginia Tech New Student & Family Programs, for most participants;
  • Montgomery County Republican Party, for best candy;
  • English Meadows Senior Living Community, for best community;
  • Decks & More, for most patriotic pet;
  • NRV Youth Mountain Bike Team, for most pedal-power;
  • James Peters, for longest car;
  • Roger Averhart, for cleanest car; and
  • Electric Car Owners, for least footprint.

Parade Chairman Gavin Faulkner would like to thank the Hines family for judging, and everyone who helped to make this year’s parade a great success.

Submitted by Gavin Faulkner

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