The Biggest Small Town Celebration

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The Ripley parade is the biggest small town 4th of July celebration.

Officials say people packed the streets as early as 8 AM this morning and some even reserved their spot on the lawn and street last night.

The parade stretches around three miles and lasted around an hour and a half.

From beauty pageant queens, to church worship bands, horses, antique cars, fire trucks and the high school marching band there was something for everyone.

The Ripley fire fighters have a huge part in organizing the parade and Chief Richard Gobbel says this is a great day where the community can come together.

"Family, people you haven't seen all year round come into town and they come in for the parade, fireworks show, the entertainment that we have. And it's just really good fellowship and good reminiscing from over the years and how families are getting along and things like that," said Chief Richard Gobbel.

Up on the court house lawn there was a stage with bands playing all day surrounded by food vendors and lots of other festivities that will be going on all day until the fireworks tonight.

A day to celebrate our independence and spend quality time with friends and family.

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