WAGRAM — With an outrageous array of red, white and blue covering golf carts and cars, clothing and hair, Deercroft residents on Friday rang in the Fourth of July with a spirited celebration that could be heard well beyond the community’s gates.
A fire engine wailed and sirens on a Scotland County ambulance and sheriff’s office patrol car blazed as a small parade comprised otherwise of golf carts, antique autos and one forestry service vehicle weaved through the area. The parade was the second event in the community’s full-day celebration, following a fun run and preceding a pool party, potluck dinner and a lakeside fireworks show put on by a resident with experience in pyrotechnics.
The event receives some sponsorship through The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program, of which the largely wooded community has been part for several years.
“This is a combination of the community Fourth of July celebration and a Firewise celebration,” said Jerry Gaskill, who chairs the program’s local committee. “In the Firewise program we run a community day and a number of years ago we decided to put the two of them together on the Fourth of July.”
The event is one that takes great preparation for many families, like the Holberts.
“It’s our favorite thing,” said Avian Holbert, as she held her 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter Ellie. “I obsess about decorating the cart.”
“It was very exciting,” said Lisa Mitchell, a HOA member clad head to toe in holiday garb. “The community involvement was good.”