By Liz Shepherd
ETNA GREEN — Hundreds braved the heat and attended Etna Green’s annual Fourth of July parade and festivities on Saturday, July 4.
The parade started at 11 a.m. near the town’s fire station, ending at Heritage Park.
More than 70 entrants participated in the event, with many passing out small toys in place of candy. Entries included tractors, firetrucks, bicycles, and company-owned vehicles. Aside from Etna Green, entrants came in from areas such as Plymouth, Mentone, Atwood and Warsaw.
First place in the parade went to a group operating Carter antique bikes. Second place went to The Dolls, a baton twirling group from Plymouth. Third place went to Brainwashed 70s, a local tie-dye clothing retailer.
This year’s kiddie king and queen were Azariah Mettler and Sadie Holderman.
After the parade, several food and craft vendors were set up at Heritage Park during the day. Food options included tacos, mouse ears, and shaved ice. A dunk tank was also set up at the park.
To conclude the day’s festivities, a fireworks show will be held later in the evening.
The Hartzell family, owners of The Etna Elevator, brought parade festivities back to the town in 2019 after years of Etna Green not having an annual parade.