Oakville Independence Day Parade: ‘A True Community Effort’

By Lisa Broadt / lbroadt@chronline.com

OAKVILLE —On Saturday, Oakville partied like it was the Fourth of July.

Though two days after the official holiday, the town’s annual parade and celebration was filled with patriotism and fun.

At 11 a.m., crowds lined Pine Street for a more than 20-minute parade which included a color guard, a band and tributes to Oakville’s heritage, including a logging truck and several tractors.

Also walking down the street were members of the Assembly of God Church — the organization which puts together the celebration each year.

The parade is a true community effort, church member and parade organizer Louise Waunch, Oakville, said.

“It takes lots of hours,” she said. “My family does a lot of it, but people from the church donate and other folks come to help put it all together.”

“Most people want to be involved. We announce it at church a lot and say ‘bring your friends if you want to,’” she said. “The kids like it, and it’s good outreach.”

After the parade, attendees headed over to the church yard for games, including a dunk tank, and a garage sale.

According Pam Clay, the church women’s director, the garage sale is the church’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Past bazaars have raised between $700 and $1,200, according to Clay, who has been the women’s director for 10 years and a church member for 15.

Youth group member Natasha McEntyre, 13, who on Saturday was helping to run the garage sale, said she’s grateful for the opportunities the proceeds will afford.

McEntyre recently returned from an “amazing” youth retreat.

“I came back with great testimony,” the seventh-grader said. “It really changed my life.”

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