Blue skies and a hot sun formed the backdrop for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Wanamingo.
Parade-goers donned red, white and blue outfits and lined Main Street for the 45-minute celebration of Wanamingo, the surrounding area and the nation’s birth.
Veterans’ organizations from Wanamingo and Kenyon made appearances, along with emergency vehicles from across Goodhue County, local 4-H and Boy Scout groups and area businesses.
The day’s festivities began earlier that morning with a pancake breakfast, followed by a day of music, kids’ activities and fundraisers around town.
Some visitors, like Jeff Zinsmaster, of Rochester, came from miles away in search of a parade like Wanamingo’s.
“It’s just nice to see everybody out here, celebrating,” said Zinsmaster.
Patricia Pritge, member of the Wanamingo Lions Club, said she had seen a steady, busy turnout for the day’s activities. Since the parade began in the 1970s, she said, she only remembered a single cancellation due to rain.
“Different things have evolved over the years,” she said, but added that the Fourth of July tradition in Wanamingo is still going strong.