Ruby celebrated July 4th with parade, fireworks

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By Vanessa Tyson

RUBY – The town of Ruby was bustling Saturday, July 1, during its annual Independence Day Parade and fireworks display.
Ruby Mayor Keith Bailey said the parade and fireworks display went very well and had a great turnout.
Bailey said several hundred of people came out to enjoy the parade that day.  The parade, which had 40 entries, took place down Thurman Avenue and Market Street.
Despite the threat of stormy weather, Bailey said approximately 2,500 to 3,500 people viewed the fireworks display that night.  The event took place on Ricky Outen’s property.
Bailey said the fireworks display, which he said was the county’s largest one, started 15 minutes early because of the thunder and lightning.
“People of all ages love fireworks,” said Bailey.  “We want it to be a bigger event each year.”
Technicians in charge of the firework shootings included Matt Lisenby, Tim Lampley and Clint Gulledge.  They are also volunteers of the Ruby-Mt. Croghan Fire Department.
Members of the Chesterfield Rescue Squad were present during the event, as well.