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Homecoming activities bring Viola together
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The Viola Valley Homecoming Parade featured a little of everything, including tractors, four-wheelers, horses and people on foot handing out candy to the crowd. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

Viola Valley Homecoming brought the small town of Viola together over the weekend to enjoy the annual parade, live music, fresh-squeezed lemonade, homemade baked goods and a celebration of community.

Friday afternoon was filled with music as Seth Boyd performed acoustic rock and the On the Road Again Show lip-syncing performance took center stage.

On Saturday, festivities began early with the start of the annual parade. Tractors, horses, four-wheelers and antique cars rode through Town Square. Candy was handed out to children, creating large smiles and excitement.

Attorney Michael Galligan was the grand marshal and rode with his two grandchildren, Tillie Galligan, 5, and Burgess Galligan, 9. Galligan then attended activities throughout the day with wife Rhonda Smith Galligan, family members and friends.

Russell “Elvis” Cortese sang “The King’s” greatest hits to an enthusiastic crowd while wearing the signature costume and impersonating Elvis. Cortese is originally from Florida but now resides in Viola. All of the entertainers, other than the Silver and Gold Band and Rhythm Express Cloggers, are natives to the town.

The festivities ended with the Rumble in the Valley Truck and Tractor Pull. The event was a hit among viewers and participants alike. 

“The truck and tractor pull brought in around 1,400 to 1,500 people which is the most in attendance there’s been in a long time,” said Trent Prater, the Viola Valley Homecoming Commission president.

All of the funds raised during the event are used by the Viola Valley Homecoming Commission toward town improvements.