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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July from Ripley!

BTP or Before the Parade.

My son picked these beautiful red raspberries yesterday at an undisclosed place along a railroad track. . . aren't they the prettiest red berries you ever did see!

I just had to use them to make a patriotic red cobbler for the 4th. . .

Here's the finished product that we will enjoy when we get back from the parade. I used the same recipe as I use when I make my blackberry cobbler. Click here for the recipe. The one I used is the first cobbler recipe on that page.

Ripley is known to have the best small town 4th of July celebration in the country! It dates back to the 1800's and has been featured on NBC's Today show and President Bush chose Ripley as the place to celebrate Independence Day in 2002. They come from every hill and holler in the county to see the parade, ride the rides, hear the free concerts, and just enjoy the day and celebrate our country's birthday. There's also a large flea market nearby and the annual Mountain State Arts and Craft Fair at nearby Cedar Lakes.

This year's Parade Marshall was the Ripley High School girl's softball team. They won the state championship this year.

And don't you just love antique cars. We have lots of them in the parade.

Pretty red tractors. . .

and pretty red firetrucks with kids riding on top.

It wouldn't be the 4th without a Mountaineer shooting his rifle.

My brother in law loves to ride his 1BAD78 in the parade.

I don't know what these things are. Do You?

And I love the horses!

Isn't this a cute one. It got past me before I could get a picture of it.

We came home and enjoyed hot dogs, home made potato salad and my cobbler. We've got watermelon waiting for us in the cooler. And tonight we will go to the Court House and listen to Kathy Mattea sing and then watch the fireworks.

Hope you have a Happy 4th of July.

Thanks for visiting with me for our little celebration here in Ripley, WV.


  1. Your parade looks fantastic-love the old cars. The cobbler looks very yummy-makes me wish I had a piece : )

  2. Guess you had a good 4th. It was just another day for us....we never do anything to celebrate

  3. I love small town parades. It's something I wish for when I retire. To live the small town life and get to know everyone around me. Happy voices of children playing, neighbors waving, chats over the garden fence. *Sigh* If only.

    Hope your 4th of July celebration was great! And, yes, that cobbler looks wonderful with those fresh raspberries. xxoo

  4. Looks like you had a good day, and the cobbler LOOKS GOOD!!!!

  5. It was a good day for the parade..looks like it was a good one..boys wanted to go..but I had to work and Jason had to work, too..The cobbler looks so pretty..and good..July 4th is my favorite holiday with Thanksgiving running close behind..with a lot of food and family around..

  6. Janet,

    Glad you were able to enjoy the parade. I always like the horses.

    The cobbler looks delicious. Happy 4th, my friend.


  7. Beautiful cobbler, Janet. I missed the parade this year to get started on the cookout, but we were in town early for the start of the celebration, and to cheer on the 8 family members who ran in the 2K. Thanks for the pictures--at least I now have seen a bit of the parade!

  8. Looks like a great day! Your cobbler looks delicious!
    Blessings, Annie

  9. Janet...what fun!! The cobbler looks yummy. I wish we had 4th of July celebrations around here like that. Looks like you had a wonderful day.

  10. My mouth is watering for that raspberry cobbler. Although, I know there is not any left now. *sniff*
    And no, I don't know what those things are, but they sure look like fun!
    Sounds like you had a great time. And Kathy Mattea, too!

  11. What a fabulous day! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Janet: I really love this post and great photos from the parade.


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