Big crowd cheers the Fourth in Turner

TURNER — More than 1,000 people saluted, covered their hearts and cheered as the American Legion Post 111 Honor Guard passed proudly with Old Glory at the head of the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday.

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The American Legion Post 111 Honor Guard leads the Fourth of July parade in Turner on Thursday.

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Recently crowned Miss Teen Maine Daphne Ellis waves to the crowd from her horse-drawn carriage during the Fourth of July parade in Turner on Thursday.

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Selectman Ralph Caldwell, his family and employees of his family's farm provided a float for veterans in the Fourth of July parade at Turner on Thursday.

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Willie Danforth and his nephew, Jake Danforth, show their patriotism at the Turner Fourth of July parade on Thursday.

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Children are quick to accept candy from "Uncle Sam," portrayed by Tom Subengel, at the Fourth of July parade in Turner on Thursday.

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Turner Board of Selectman Chairman Angelo Terreri, left, stands with Zack Rogers, Kelsey Casella and Datlin Casella, right. During the Fourth of July celebration Thursday, they pulled a wagon loaded with boxes of popcorn to raise money for the Turner Recreation Committee.

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Noah Alexander decked out his bike with flags and donned his Uncle Sam hat to mark Turner's Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

The Honor Guard and marching veterans were followed by a float carrying other  veterans. The float was furnished by Selectman Ralph Caldwell, his family and employees on their family farm. Caldwell also was the organizer of the parade.

Fire equipment from Buckfield, Canton, Greene, Leeds, Mechanic Falls, Turner and Wales participated in the parade.

Antique cars, antique and modern farm machinery, horse-drawn vehicles, horseback riders, cages full of puppies, marchers and bike riders participated in the 45-minutes procession.

The Strawberry Shortcake Band entertained the after-parade crowd from the gazebo on the green. Vendors sold refreshments to benefit local good works.

Miss Teen Maine Daphne Ellis greeted supporters on the green after riding a horse-drawn carriage in the parade. Ellis will be going to Florida in the near future to participate in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

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Daphne Ellis

Daphne is Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen which is in no way connected to Miss Teen USA!

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