HEBRON | While the little kids at the Hebron Fourth of July parade clutched their candy bags and pointed to the shiny red fire engines, the little kids riding inside the shiny red fire engines pointed back.
The object of their attention was Spike, a 5-year-old jet black German Shepherd dog, who watched the parade with his owner, Nikki Gertz, Thursday morning.
“It’s his first parade, so we’ll see how he does,” said Gertz. “He’s a big attraction, it’s so funny.”
Both dressed the part, as Spike wore a big red bow and Gertz sported the flag’s colors, complete with blue toenail polish. Both waved to Gertz’s son, Matthew, 16, in the Hebron High School band, and husband David and son Danny, 14, were the band’s “water boys.”
Hundreds of Hebron faithful lined the mile-long parade route starting at the high school. Along both sides of Main Street, paradegoers set up canopies, tents, tables and coolers. Those without the accoutrements popped open their hatchbacks to sit in a small spot of shade.
Kids grabbed candy while adults grabbed some rays as fire engines from Hebron, Lakes of the Four Seasons and Lowell, as well as Porter, Morgan, Keener and Pleasant townships blared their horns and sirens. The Winamac Old Auto Club motored in antique cars, while others represented the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club and area businesses.
Jess and Liz Potter set up their lawn chairs and red market umbrella on the grass in front of Geisen’s Funeral Home one hour before the 10 a.m. parade start.
“We always sit right here ... since 2004,” said Liz Potter.
Jess Potter looked forward to some leisure time.
“We could sit here all week if we had to,” said Jess Potter. “This is the only time we don’t have to do anything ... we can kick back.”
Son Rob and daughter-in-law Kristen brought the grandkids, Mason, 7, Kassidy, 4, and Daisy, 1, along with Teresa Faircloth, Kristen Potter’s mother.
“I came all the way from North Carolina to see an Indiana parade,” said Faircloth. “That ought to make the headlines.”
Jessica McLean and her grandmother, Diana Pitts, claimed the bench in front of the Dairy Queen at 8 a.m. , then opened their canopy and lawn chairs to wait for other family members.
“We were lucky, there were people here before us,” said Pitts, of Hebron. “It’s enjoyable and fun to see the people. It’s a perfect day for a parade.”