Family starts new tradition at Ashland's annual July Fourth Parade

Friday, July 4, 2014 | 5:27 p.m. CDT; updated 8:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2014
Ashland residents gathered Friday for town's annual July Fourth Parade.

ASHLAND — Tim Bishop bent over the engine of his red 1936 Farmall F-12 tractor, grease and sweat collecting on his forehead. Three other vintage tractors surrounded him.

He and his brother, Nick, have a long history with the four tractors. As children, they helped their grandfather, Wayne Logan, restore and rebuild them in Middletown.

Every August, the boys and their grandfather would ride the tractors in a Middletown parade. After Logan died, Tim Bishop bought the tractors. With his family's help, he spent more than three years restoring the machines.

Friday, in memory of their grandfather, the family made the trip to drive the tractors in Ashland's annual July Fourth Parade.

More than 150 people gathered in downtown Ashland to watch the parade, which began at 9 a.m. at the Southern Boone Primary School on Henry Clay Boulevard.

Two Southern Boone County Fire Protection District trucks began the parade, blaring their horns as they started down the route. Behind the trucks, Charlie Sclbach and Norman Geary rode their lounging bicycles. An American flag waved behind Sclbach's bike.

"My favorite part is giving Kisses to the good looking women," said Sclbach as he pulled out a bag of Hershey Kisses. "Everyone knows I give the best Kisses in town."

As the parade entered downtown, Broadway Street was a mass of red, white and blue. Families sat in chairs cheering and waving American flags. Children frantically picked up the candy thrown by the parade's participants.

Ashland resident Vanda Rice said seeing the children was her favorite part of the parade.

"It's almost like Halloween," said Rice, pointing to Hudson Goldman, a child wearing a Superman cape.

Hudson's father, Luke Goldman, has attended the July Fourth Parade for more than 20 years. He even marched in it as a child.

The parade ended on Main Street about 9:30 a.m., with the Bishop family and their tractors in the rear. Tim Bishop held his son Logan on the green John Deere B. Larry Bishop held his grandson Leyton on the John Deere D. Nick Bishop and a family friend, Lester Schewmake, rode behind them.

Tim Bishop said the parade was a great way to remember his grandfather.

"(The parade) is definitely the start to a new family tradition."

Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

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