After spending time with Donna Fargo at Fan Fare in Nashville, Tenn., recently, her long-time friend Ann Vaughn returned to Mount Airy with more details of her visit.
Fargo is coming back to her hometown to be the grand marshal of this year’s Fourth of July parade.
Fan Fare is held each year in Nashville. It’s a time when country music stars can spend time getting to know their fans and perform.
“Fan Fare is just an example of how she is there for her fans. She gets there on time and stays until the last person has had their time with her,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn said this year’s parade is going to be the “Happiest Parade in the Whole USA” after Fargo’s best known song, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA.”
“We have some exciting things coming up in the parade. Tyler Harrold has several floats that will be pulled by horses that will be in the parade,” said Vaughn.
She said everyone who will be in the parade needs to line up at Veterans Park. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
“Those that need to decorate their floats need to be there at least by 9 a.m. Other people who are driving classic cars can get there at 10 a.m. We are hoping to make this a red, white and blue, patriotic, hometown tribute with Donna Fargo as our inspiration because that’s what she represents. It’s all about patriotism,” said Vaughn.
After the parade, Fargo will meet and greet fans at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 4. She will be at the Main-Oak Emporium on July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Photos of Fargo will be on sale for $5. She will be bringing her new single CD with a song she wrote and recorded called, “I love you more.” It will be on sale for $6.
Her fan club will be selling T-shirts for $10 a piece, Vaughn said.
She said people will be handing out American flags during the parade that were donated by Workforce Carolina. She also is getting donation items to help welcome Fargo from SouthData, Burton Signworks and Pine State Marketing.
“I do have interest from a lot of local people asking to be a part of this. They know it’s for the good of the community,” said Vaughn.
Vaughn said Fargo is excited about coming back to Mount Airy. The last time she was here was in 2009 when Highway 103 was named after her.
“She loves her hometown, loves her fans and is all about doing all she can to bring people here,” said Vaughn. “She is always so positive and full of energy. She is ageless and one special lady.”
Vaughn said she has heard that people from as far away as Oklahoma and Ohio are planning to be here for Fargo’s visit.
Jennie Lowry, owner of Olde Mill Music, is now working on a DVD of her and her dad, Jimmy Lowry, playing together for people to view while they are waiting to see Fargo.
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