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Grand marshal of Water View July 4th Parade

Food, rides,
music and fireworks
to be featured

Lena Sickal will be honored as the grand marshal of the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Annual Independence Day Celebration and Parade this Saturday, July 4.

Mrs. Sickal was one of the original ladies auxiliary members when the fire department was formed. The ladies auxiliary along with the men in Water View, got together with Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department to form Water View Volunteer Fire Department in 1968.

Lena Sickal
Mrs. Sickal said she can remember all the hard work that was done in order to build the old firehouse. The ladies held oyster dinners to raise monies for the fire department, same as they do now.

She said years ago auxiliary members would have a booth during the Urbanna Oyster Festival and sell raffle tickets for a shotgun. This was done for several years, and all the ladies would help.

She also remembers when dances were held at the fire department every Saturday night. “Those were some good times,” said Mrs. Sickal.

The women of the auxiliary would respond to all the calls to make sure the men had something to drink and eat, she noted.

Mrs. Sickal still resides in Water View. Although she is no longer an active member of the auxiliary, she still has time for the fire department and provides food and desserts for its dinners.
“The Water View Volunteer Fire Department is honored to have Mrs. Lena Sickal as the grand marshal for the 2009 Independence Celebration and Parade,” said UMVFD president George Longest. “We thank her for all of her years of service and dedication to the ladies auxiliary and the fire department.”

This Saturday’s activities begin at 5 p.m. at the Water View Firehouse on Route 640.  The food booth will sell burgers and dogs, BBQ/slaw, Philly cheese steaks, soft-shell crabs, French fries, cold sodas, and water.  The ice cream booth will be dishing out an assortment of flavors.

The Water View Train will be traveling through the grounds and the children can enjoy games, slide and moonwalks. 

The Rappahannock Railroad Association will have its large train display as it did last year. 

Deputy Austin Moon and his police dog “Sirus” will give a presentation on search and rescue. 

Gospel, bluegrass and country music will be performed before and after the parade.  This year the music will be held in the firehouse instead of at the pavilion as in the past.  The pavilion will be set up as a food and rest area.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. with registration beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the firehouse. The parade will begin at the end of Water View Road and end at Mill Stone Landing.
Trophies will be awarded for the following parade entries:  Most Patriotic, Best Appearing Float, Best Appearing Commercial Entry, Best Appearing Car/Truck, Best Appearing Antique Car/Truck, Best Antique Tractor, Best ATV/Golf Cart/4-Wheeler, Best Biker/Walker, and Honorable Mention. 

The trophies will be awarded just prior to the singing of the National Anthem and the fireworks finale, which will begin at 9:15 p.m.

For additional information or to place an entry in the parade, contact George Longest at 804-815-6994.

posted 07.02.2009

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