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.