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Children rushed to collect candy through from passing vehicles during the Fourth of July parade in Argyle this summer. An event not held in town for more than a century, Thistle Day, will take place Saturday and will include a parade that follows the traditional Fourth of July parade route.

ARGYLE — For the first time this century, the town will hold a Thistle Day celebration Saturday.

Thistle Day was a Scottish celebration that originated with a folk tale about a Roman army advancing on some sleeping Scots in the dark of night.

Between the armies lay a field of thistles, and as the Romans began to step on the prickly purple plants, they began to cry out, awakening the Scots and allowing them to vanquish the invaders.

The town held two previous Thistle Day celebrations, both in early summer in the early 1900s.

The town was unable to hold its annual Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades and celebrations due to the pandemic.

Town leaders felt the need for some sort of event to commemorate the community getting through the difficulties of the past 18 months.

“It’s been kind of a tough year and a half for people with COVID, everybody being essentially sequestered,” Supervisor Bob Henke said, adding, “people just sort of needed something to shake it off a little bit.”

On Saturday morning, the Stiles House Farmers’ Market will be open. A parade will begin at 2 p.m., following the normal Fourth of July route from Saunders Transmission, down Main Street, around the village and ending at the School.

Immediately after the parade, the J.A. Barkley fire company will serve a chicken barbecue. All dinners must be pre-ordered and will be dispensed as a drive-through. The American Legion is serving a pulled pork dinner, and the Moby Dick fish fry will be at the Ballfields.

The American Legion will host a craft fair and live music from the Blue Billies at the ballfields from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a chair for the concert.

Shortly after dusk, there will be a fireworks display from the Lufkin property on Barkley Mountain.

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