Amherst holds 'quintessential' celebration
“It’s like this every year,” said Dick Stout, longtime member of the Amherst Lions which, like almost every other organization in town, was on the green doling out cold drinks, information and handshakes.
“And this is just the people who aren’t home having their own celebrations,” he said.
Despite the heat that saw temperatures soaring into the 90s, bands marched and played horns, drums and bagpipes. There were also plenty of homemade floats, community organizations showering the sidelines with candy and volunteers dressed in historical costumes.
“This is the quintessential, small town Fourth of July parade and celebration,” said Cathy Wojtkun, who was relaxing with a group of people who had set up lawn chairs along the parade route.
“Amherst is the community that everyone wants to live in but that nobody really knows about,” she said. “It has roots and strong family values.”
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