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Ashland hosts another fabulous Fourth of July celebration

Grand Marshall Ernie Paquette waves to the crowd during Ashland's July 4th parade. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
July 11, 2018
ASHLAND — The town of Ashland, as many know, has been celebrating the Fourth of July with several days packed with family entertainment followed by fireworks and a fabulous parade since 1961. This year's two-day event was no exception.

On July 3, the Packard Ball Field was the place to be. A midway with fair food, vendors, games for children, a live broadcast by 94.1 Mix, and two bands, Just Because and the Larry Walker Band, plus AAR DJ Service kept the crowd etertained. An Apple Pie Baking Contest was held with great prizes from our two sponsors/judges - The Common Man and Dot's Bread and Butter Restaurant. Our winners were: Sarah Sleeper, Plymouth; Meg Doyon, Ashland; Eliza Foote & Tim Cushing, Ashland; and Hope Kokas & Kristen Dietz, Holderness.

At dusk, after an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by Alyssa Taylor of Meredith, fireworks blazed the skies of Ashland in a spectacular manner. Ashland had the third largest fireworks display in New Hampshire this year. It was a sight to behold!

Ashland's July 4th festivities began with the traditional pancake breakfast at The Common Man. After pancakes, everyone rushed to Main Street to enjoy the Ashland Independence Day Parade led by color guards from the American Legion and National Guard, followed by The Sons of The American Revolution, and on display for the first time, Ashland's new firetruck! The Grand Marshall was Ernie Paquette, a former police chief. First, second, and third prizes went to floats entered by Pemi Baker Beekeepers Association, Ashland 150th Anniversary Committee, Ohana 4-H Group, plus several Honorable Mentions. Directly after the parade, The Sons of the American Revolution, joined by the color guards, held a ceremonial flag raising with a gun salute to close the events.

The Ashland Fourth of July Committee wishes to thank our many sponsors, local businesses, Ashland Police, Ashland Fire Department, Ashland EMS, Ashland Public Works, volunteers, and all who attended to make this a memorable celebration. A special thanks to American Legion Post 15 for donating small flags to pass out to children along the parade route. They hope to see you again next year!

Martin Lord Osman
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