Stars and sripes...and the summer heat

Reporter/Marie Bakken Reporter/Marie Bakken MILANO—It was stars, stripes and heat as the City of Milano hosted its annual Independence Day parade, with this year’s theme “America the Beautiful.” Temperatures topped out at 98 on July 4.

There were parade entries of all sorts and sizes with folks lined up all along the parade route from the Milano High School football field to the downtown area and civic center/ fire station. Approximately 225 people enjoyed the free hot dog meal at the civic center following the parade. The meal was sponsored by the City of Milano.

Cash prizes and plaques were awarded in each division. Winning entries in the parade included:

Best overall—Spears Ranch.

Horse/horse drawn buggies/wagons—Shiner Thurman, first; Lyndsie Gray, second; Morning Star Ranch, third.

Other motorized—Billy Baggerly family, first; Colter Vinton, second; Colby and Cassidy Bradshaw, third.

Vintage vehicles—Ricky Chapman family (World War II jeep), first; Robert Whitmore, second; Clarence “Junior” Davenport, third.

Walking—Kamri Yakesch and Otis Ray (dog), first; McKenzee Pendergrass and Goober (dog), second; Mason Westbrook and Pippa (dog), third.

Floats—Gage family, first. M

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