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Crozet Community Comes Together to Celebrate Our Nation's Independence

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CROZET, VA (WVIR) -

Community groups in Crozet worked together to put on a celebration of our nation's independence.

This was the fourth annual community celebration sponsored by the Crozet fire department and the Crozet community association.

The association's president says four years ago the fire department said they didn't have the funds to continue the carnival, so the community stepped in and kept the event going strong.

The town came alive Saturday evening for a second round of Fourth of July fun.

The Crozet volunteer fire department has sponsored the independence celebration for several years.

"It's a great opportunity for the Crozet volunteer fire department to interact with the community,” said fire fighter Gary Dillon.

The parade began at Crozet Elementary and ended with a carnival in Claudius Crozet

Park.

Amanda Alger and her family just moved to town.

"We're just loving it we live over there in Hayden, so we can walk right up and it's just a really great event here,” said Alger.

The kids enjoyed it even more.

Sadie Adams, who watched the parade, said “I like the fire trucks because they throw candy too.”

But the carnival following the parade would not have happened if it weren't for the community stepping in.

CCA President, Tim Tolson, said, "The community association, the downtown Crozet association, the Crozet lions, and other civic groups said well if we help with the community celebration, and help you with the parade, will you keep doing the parade, so that's what we've done."

Now hundreds of volunteer groups work to organize the carnival.

All the money left over goes back into the park, which is community owned.

Event organizers say firefighters from other communities such as north garden came to help out.

They say Saturday’s fantastic weather helped to attract one their highest turnouts ever.

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