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South Central athletes and cheerleaders make their way through the parade route.

Fayette County Fair Queen Sydney Young and Little Miss Reagan Roberts win best float, organization or business award.

Dakota Murphy who helped open the Farina 4th of July Parade was named best youth horse and rider.

Lester Logue dresses as Peanut for the Farina 4th of July Parade.

Farina Holds 4th of July Celebration

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Farina Fourth of July festivities began with a parade Friday afternoon through downtown Farina to the park where entertainment and fireworks highlighted the evening hours.  Those lining the route were treated to trucks, cars, antique tractors, decorated golf carts, horses, bikes, political candidates, and even a man dressed as a peanut.  

Co-Chair Mike Williams has been involved with the Farina festival since his father started it in 1954.   "The legion used to do this, but our numbers got so few we kinda got burned out.  Another individual volunteered to run it, but he kind of dropped the ball. That's when we formed a Fourth of July committee that's just people in the community, not just the Legion and Auxiliary," said Williams. "Now we're getting some younger persons involved as well.  We don't want to have to do this for the rest of our lives."

But Williams says he will do whatever it takes to keep the festival alive in honor of what his dad started.   Several fund raisers are now held and donations received to pay for the yearly fireworks display that highlights the event.  Williams hopes they may be able to do a little extra for the fireworks next year since it will be the 60th year for the event that has become Farina's annual homecoming.  

A number of parade recipients were honored with plaques for their work.  Miss Fayette County Fair Sydney Young and Little Miss Fayette County Reagan Roberts won in the float, organization and businesses category.  The Tri-Village Loop won the award for golf carts, ATV's, and bikes.  

First place in the car division went to a 1938 orange Dodge owned by Ben Webster.  Kelly Hulsey won for best truck, a 1922 Lester.  Dylan Sigrest received the award for best antique tractor, a 1947 Minneapolis Moline.   

The best horse and youth rider was Dakota Murphy.  The best horse and adult rider was terri Kramer.  Kathy Huddleston had the best horse and buggy.  The Mayor's pick was a semi owned by Jason Markley and Robby Tenison.   

Lester Logue, who dressed as a peanut, was given first place in the peanut category that was created for his entry.   

Click here for a photo gallery of the Farina 4th of July parade.

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