The Annual Harvest Festival Parade, perhaps the preeminent of parading endeavors in our region of the Mitten, once again did not disappoint. Folks lined up early to get a prime spot along the downtown route and young ones came prepared with their bags at bay to await the time honored ritual known as the tossing of the candy.
There was a festive atmosphere in the air, and though the weather seemed summerlike the theme of the evening was autumn and the celebration of the harvest. Farm equipment from antique tractors to gigantic harvesters made their way down the avenue as a fitting representation of the extensive and vital agricultural community that thrives here.
The creative floats from businesses as well as the high school homecoming varieties, the band, the various groups represented by those who walked with shirts and banners in support of their organization or cause, dancers, soccer players, footballers and cheerleaders of all ages, and that amazing stilt walker who after cruising through the entire route in those high steppers was witnessed striding back with stilts still intact all added to a memorable march
Good weather, good times, good people.
And from what I could gather from the reaction of Clara Sweers and Nora Howard a pair of pretty precocious 3 year olds?