VIDEO: Patriotism, community center of Mountain Park festival

By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com
Technicians Chris Higgs and Richard Carter prepare to set off the display during the Mountain Park Independence Day fireworks celebration. - Photo courtesy of Megan Higgs
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Families as well as organizations are represented in the Mountain Park Independence Day parade. - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Elementary School Principal Janet Sutphin welcomes visitors to the Independence Day parade shortly before submitting to a dunking booth as a willing sacrifice for her students. - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune
Mountain Park Independence Day parade - - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

STATE ROAD — A heart of patriotism was evident as residents from all around the Yadkin Valley and beyond gathered to celebrate American independence in the Mountain Park community on July 4.

Three states, including Ohio and Virginia as well as North Carolina, were represented by veterans during the traditional presentation, with several WWII veterans in attendance.

“If not for these guys, we might be speaking German,” said Phil Harris, who served as emcee for the day.

“Here in Mountain Park, we stand in respect for the flag,” said Harris as he invited a consistently growing crowd to hear Rachel Hinson move them with her rendition of the national anthem.

The veterans recognition as well as a homecoming ceremony and live music followed an approximately hour-long parade featuring local fire departments, family and organizational floats such as the Charity Hill Baptist Church and always popular horses.

More popular than the horses or even the goat roping may have been the dunking booth where community members such as Mountain Park Elementary Principal Janet Sutphin sacrificed herself for her school as adults and children lined up to fulfill a dream.

The dreams of the Revolutionary patriots were recognized at the end of the festivities with a fireworks display carefully constructed by technicians Chris Higgs and Richard Carter.

“We appreciate all our men and women who have served,” said Harris. “Without them, we would not be celebrating today.”

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.

Technicians Chris Higgs and Richard Carter prepare to set off the display during the Mountain Park Independence Day fireworks celebration.
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Families as well as organizations are represented in the Mountain Park Independence Day parade.
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Mountain Park Elementary School Principal Janet Sutphin welcomes visitors to the Independence Day parade shortly before submitting to a dunking booth as a willing sacrifice for her students.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_1078.jpgMountain Park Elementary School Principal Janet Sutphin welcomes visitors to the Independence Day parade shortly before submitting to a dunking booth as a willing sacrifice for her students. Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

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Citizens from all around the Yadkin Valley gather at the Mountain Park Independence Day celebration.
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Patriotism was evident at the Mountain Park Independence Day celebration.
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Elkin Mayor Sam Bishop is one of several veterans recognized during the Mountain Park Independence Day celebration.
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Mountain Park Independence Day fireworks celebration
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By Beanie Taylor

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