STRONG — The town celebrated one of its first settlers Friday and its war veterans.

Pierpole Days is an annual festival honoring Pierpole, a Native American who moved to the area in 1780 with his wife and six children.

Friday afternoon and evening offered a chance to celebrate Strong’s unique history while enjoying live music and good food.

According to parade organizer Bill Birden, the parade theme, The Bigger the Boys, The Bigger Their Toys, honored Clifford Haggan, a local resident who led the procession of floats in one of his hot rods.

The Farmington American Legion color guard started the march down Main Street to the fire station. Perennial favorites included the Shriners’ Krazy Kops and the Old Crow Band. Bagpipers, antique vehicles, antique tractors, the Sandy River Riders ATV Club and the Alabama 15th Regiment Civil War re-enactors added to the excitement for the dozens of youngsters lining the streets.

Parade participants stopped at the Veterans’ Memorial next to the Forster Memorial Building, where the Alabama 15th Regiment Company G re-enactors offered a musket salute to veterans of all conflicts.

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