BUCKHANNON — In celebration of Harold Thomas Elmore’s 90th birthday, 43 cars lined up to wish him well on Saturday afternoon.
Participants came from all over the state and decorated their vehicles to stay socially distant, while offering balloons, signs and gifts to commemorate Elmore’s special day.
One local resident, Robert Cole, even rode his bicycle through the parade for a chance to greet Elmore as he played Happy Birthday on his harmonica.
Elmore was beaming with excitement during the parade. “This is incredible,” Elmore exclaimed. “I wanna laugh; I wanna cry. What a day!”
“He’s an extrovert and having all these people boosts his energy. It’s a real pick-me-up for him, especially during this time of staying away,” said Thomas Elmore, Harold’s son.
The parade was a collaborative effort from his son, Marvin and Sarah Carr, the First United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur, the Emeritus Club, the Wesleyan community and his dear friends.