- Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - A two-state Fourth of July parade that crosses the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire was whittled down to one state when Vermont officials noticed detour signs were not in place.

The annual Woodsville-Wells River parade for nearly a quarter-century has kicked off in the Woodsville section of Haverhill, New Hampshire, and ended in village of Wells River in Newbury, Vermont.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1dGbwLv ) that this year’s parade was confined to New Hampshire after a Newbury constable noticed signs detouring traffic around the parade route were not in place on the Vermont side.

Vermont’s segment of Saturday’s parade was cancelled less than an hour before its scheduled start in Woodsville, leaving bystanders in lawn chairs in Wells River waiting for a parade that never arrived.

“You’re supposed to have the right signs out on the road,” Godfrey told the newspaper. “By law, I cannot let them have the parade without the signs.”

Godfrey said he notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department of the deficiency, and members of that department made the call to prohibit the parade from entering into Vermont.

Gary Scruton, a member and former president of the parade’s organizing committee, said that an ice cream shop in Wells River was among those disappointed by the abrupt cancellation.

“They were doing hamburgers and hot dogs today because they knew it was going to be a big crowd,” Scruton said. “And it wasn’t.”

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