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All roads lead to Elmo for Independence Day

For the third year in a row the Elmo community hosted a traditional Independence Day Parade. 

This year the size of the parade soared to 69 participants, up from the fewer than 10 who were involved the first year.  The overall theme of this year’s event was farming, so there were numerous antique and modern farm vehicles. 

However, the many tractors also were accompanied by fire trucks, antique cars, motorcycles and riders on horseback. Participants came from as far away as Roanoke and northern Virginia.

The circular parade route began and ended at historic Ashton Hall, the home of Ryan and Jill Garrett. 

Prior to the 2 p.m. start of the parade, participants filled the circular driveway and extended down Ashton Hall Road. 

Sheriff Fred Clark and his deputies were on hand to assist with traffic control and assure the safety of everyone involved.

There were hundreds of spectators along River Road near the intersection of Birch Elmo Road, and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves.  

Community organizers intend to host the parade again next year and look forward to an even bigger and better event.