MIDDLEPORT — Not a rain cloud danced across the sky, and a calm breeze blew through, making Friday’s festivities in Middleport an event with large crowds.
From 4-8 p.m. Kip Grueser, a local DJ, provided music, including country music played at Dave Diles Park as people shopped, played and paid tribute to those who fought for their country. Children’s games and a signing competition took place as proud parents watched and onlookers cheered.
Finally, at at 5:30 p.m., it was time for the parade members to line up in position. The Dairy Queen parking lot held few spots as members unloaded bicycles for the children who would be riding in the parade. Meigs Marauder Marching Band members laughed and rehearsed with their wind or drum instruments as they prepared to add music and rhythm to the parade. Veterans in uniform waited in the shade, watching the other participants.
Finally at 6 p.m., those anxiously waiting along North Second Avenue heard the sirens of emergency vehicles as they slowly progressed down the lane, and the Middleport Parade, featuring Color Guard-American Legion Feeney Bennett of Post 128, and Nathan Biggs, Meigs County’s oldest World War II veteran, as grand marshal.
After the ceremony, the raising of the flag ceremony was led by American Legion Fenney Bennett Post 128, with the National Anthem sung by River City Players Chorus.
After the festivities, community members and guests enjoyed music by Remember Then, who played “Oldies But Goodies” from 8-9:45 p.m. Lastly, the waters of the Ohio River glistened with color as community members watched a firework display from the riverbank, ending the Fourth of July celebrations.