Thompson celebrates July 4th
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
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.
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.
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.