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Wolfeboro July 4th Parade Preview

MITT ROMNEY (shown here in the 2008 parade with wife Ann) was one of the first politicians to sign up for the 2011 July 4th Parade. Also participating will be First District Congressman Frank Guinta and the Wolfeboro Area Democrats. (Courtesy photo by Sandy Martin) (click for larger version)
June 30, 2011
WOLFEBORO — This year's July 4th Parade is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever, according to preliminary information received from Grand Marshall Harold Chamberlin Tuessday morning.

Please note that this is not a complete listing: many other entries will join the parade before next Monday.

Being Primary Season in New Hampshire, it is not surprising that Wolfeboro's own Mitt Romney is expected to be in the parade with Romney for President supporters in the parade's Third Division (which includes Political and Private entries). Marching in the same division with be U.S. Representative Frank Guinta and Guinta for Congress supporters. Not to be outdone, Wolfeboro Area Democrats are entering a vehicle and will have music as well as marchers.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., led off by Wolfeboro Police Chief Stu Chase, followed by the American Legion Color Guard, the Navy Whites (a contingent of naval officers and personnel), Wolfeboro's volunteer Cate Park Band, and American Legion Unit 18 members Carol Clough and Linda Champagne carrying the parade banner.

Next comes Honorary Parade Marshall Donald M. Morgan Sr., a Vietnam and Korean veteran and his wife Fay in a convertible driven by Tom Trites, followed by other veterans in vehicles and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18.

First Division (Commercial) entries follow, led by floats from Hunter's IGA, Spider Web Gardens, Goodhue and Hawkins, Community Landscape landscape planting division in a truck with employees handing out Frisbees, three vehicles from All Earth Trucking (a 1929 Model A roadster convertible, a 2005 International dump truck, and a 2005 Peterbuilt dump truck), and a Black Hummer pickup from the Wake Riders Store with skate boarders following.

Leading the Second Division (Groups and Organizations) will be a fleet of military vehicles and a float from the Wright Museum, followed by the Winnipesaukee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Meals On Wheels, the Wolfeboro Rotary Club floats (the second being an antique auto with President and President-elect of the Rotary, Fred Stephens), the Wolfeboro Agricultural Commission (featuring several tractors from local farms and a float with hay, chickens in a coop, signs, flags etc.), Friends of the Libby Museum (an older Cadillac convertible with Dr. and Mrs. Libby in rear seat, preceded by children carrying a banner), the NH Boat Museum antique boat on trailer, and the Seacoast United Mountaineers Soccer Club with a truck carrying a large soccer ball and kids wearing shirts from various organizations.

The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m., so plan to be in place by 9:30 a.m. Please see accompanying notes from the Wolfeboro Police Department regarding traffic patterns before and after the parade and the annual fireworks display, which begins about 9:30 p.m.

AJ Coleman
Varney Smith
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