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Celebrating independence in Oxford

Town anticipates 150th anniversary with festivities
Edynn, 5, of North Liberty waves to the passing floats during Oxford’s Fourth of July parade. Despite the hot weather, the event brought a sizable crowd to Augusta Avenue. (photo by Cale Stelken)

OXFORD– It was a sunny and humid holiday in Oxford, with temperatures lingering around 90 degrees on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 4. But that didn’t stop its residents and members of surrounding communities from filling up the sidewalk along downtown Augusta Avenue for the town’s 2018 Independence Day parade.
Led by the Oxford American Legion Post 537, the event featured a variety of vintage cars and tractors, a team of six draft horses by First Trust and Saving and recently reelected Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig making a holiday victory lap on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A parade fixture for over 25 years, Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Randy and Sandy Bryant) appeared on a motorcycle in full winter clothing, and Representatives of the Johnson County Farm Bureau offered parade goers some relief from the heat, blasting them with water guns.
The town will be celebrating its 150th anniversary during next year’s festivities on July 4, 5 and 6. Oxford’s grand marshal and oldest living resident, 99-year-young Ada Crow road shotgun with Carol Anne Carter in her family’s vintage Chevrolet truck to promote next year’s occasion.