Thompson celebrates July 4th

Pat Mills, seated in the back of the Jeep, was named Grand Marshall of the Thompson July 4th parade.  Driving the honoree and her friend, Phyllis, was Bob Little.

Pat Mills, seated in the back of the Jeep, was named Grand Marshall of the Thompson July 4th parade. Driving the honoree and her friend, Phyllis, was Bob Little.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

Selecting Pat Mills of Damascus, N.Y. as the Grand Marshal for the July 4th parade in Thompson, may have had a few people scratching their heads but it was a logical choice for those planning the celebration.

For many years Pat and her late husband had been supplying the sauce used for the fire company’s chicken.

When Mr. Mills recently passed away, the firemen were assured by Pat the sauce would continue to be available for their events. In appreciation, Fire Company President Bob Conklin and the committee asked Pat to be the Grand Marshal.

Members of the Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution marched in the parade and also had a display on the carnival grounds.

Members of the Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution marched in the parade and also had a display on the carnival grounds.

To the observer it was evident the barbecue chicken is certainly a favorite for this annual event. The tickets went on sale several hours before the started ended and long after the parade ended the line still reached from the fire station to the street. For those seeking carnival food the selection was endless.

The parade had its usual large number of fire and rescue pieces of equipment, along with Boy Scouts, church groups, local organizations that included the Daughters of the American Revolution and a car carrying members of the Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women’s Club that displayed the organization’s new logo.

A walking unit from Liberty Fire Department of Olyphant, Pa. distributed flags as they walked

A walking unit from Liberty Fire Department of Olyphant, Pa. distributed flags as they walked

Barney Wilkens’ Band, sponsored by People’s Neighborhood Bank, provided the top-tapping music, always a crowd pleaser.

This year the judges were Linda and Mike Chesnick and Noreen Wallace.