By Colby Stith
Small town celebrates in classic Americana style
–With flags waved high and the stars and stripes draped on houses around every street, the Templeton community celebrated their country’s independence with their annual Fourth of July parade Monday.
Gwen Pelfrey was in charge of organizing the event and the Templeton Kiwanis Club hosted, as they always have. This year’s judges included Norma Moye, John and Jane Bertoni, Lisa Hamor and Cecil Martinez, with commentators Bob Finley, Mike Mesmer, Bo Davis, Marty Kudlac, and John and Wendy Richardson. Following along with this year’s theme “Let Freedom Ring,” each entry decked their floats and other vehicles in festive streamers, flags, and even horns. The parade was supposed to start at 10 a.m., but was only just behind schedule, as pointed out by one of the commentators, Bob Finely, who said jokingly, “We must be doing better than usual, we’re only ten minutes behind.”
The parade began with spectators rising and removing their hats as the North County Veterans Color Guard and Honor Guard marched by with the flag. The veterans were followed by the Grand Marshal, Greg O’Sullivan with honorees Dale and Milana Radford driving a classic Model-T. From there, the parade became a melting pot of different organizations and representatives showing their part in the community. Members of the Templeton Historical Museum drove an old school bus that was almost fully restored (save for the roof that is).
The Templeton High School drama department showcased a song from the play they performed in Scotland, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Soon afterward, the Templeton High Cheer squad kept up the energy in the crowd. A collection of families, dealerships, and clubs showed off dozens of cars and trucks of various decades, from Model-T’s to more recent and hefty Chevrolets. At one point, three trucks from the San Luis Obispo 4 Wheelers stacked their wheels one top of one another in a sort of vehicular pyramid; a sight that quickly became a crowd favorite.
Even representatives like Fifth District Supervisor Debbie Arnold, First District Supervisorial Candidate John Peschong, and Congressional Candidate Salud Carbajal came to push for their campaigns in this big election year.
As usual, the Templeton Fourth of July Parade was a huge hit with a large turnout. The people of the community were able to come and celebrate their independence together. They were reminded of what it truly meant to be an American. As a whole, they let freedom ring.