|BG basks in sun and spirit of holiday season|
|Written by By BILL RYAN/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Monday, 19 November 2012 10:23|
Mother Nature provided a beautiful day with more than 100 units supplying a wide variety of humans, animals and vehicles to provide great memories throughout the holiday season. PHOTO GALLERY
People of all ages were in the parade, from the youngest baton and dance corps members to senior citizens riding on floats. They waved and entertained as they passed by the youngest children to the seniors in the crowd who enjoyed the nearly two-hour event.
This year’s theme of “I’m Dreaming of ...” was illustrated in a variety of ways on the various units including a small four-poster bed atop one unit which held a doll fast asleep and young children not yet asleep riding in a bed on another float. Sterling House featured a float focusing on dreams of a Hawaiian paradise, complete with straw hats, grass skirts and ukuleles. One man with the latter parade unit was boldly walking in just shorts. Though the weather was certainly nice for a mid-November day, it was not tropical. He was not the only person in the parade in shorts, however, as at least two others took advantage of the mild temperatures which began around 47 degrees at the start and continued to climb.
There were new entries and familiar ones such as the precision book cart drill team from the Bowling Green State University Library staff. The Wood County Library features World War I flying ace Snoopy atop his dog house as the staff featured a “Peanuts” theme; while Heritage Corner’s entry featured Humpty Dumpty sitting on his wall.
Fire trucks were abundant with several vintage models as well as modern trucks still actively in use. Other wheeled vehicles ranged from young riders aboard small scooters to 18-wheel big rigs motoring down, with a variety of motorcycles, vans and buses joining the parade, to name just a few. The unit with the most vehicles was the Power of Yesteryear Club which showcased more than dozen antique tractors and other equipment.
Despite the election being over, several local politicians made the route, including the honorary grand marshal, Mayor Dick Edwards.
There were business mascots, cartoon characters and Native Americans. Marchers included jugglers with pins and balls promoting next years juggling convention. Speaking of pins and balls, a giant bowling pin accompanied young bowlers from Al-Mar Lanes and soccer players from Bowling Green Soccer Club kicked soccer balls into a moving small goal down the parade route.
Shriners to Scouts, elegant horses to dogs, all took part, as there was something for everyone.
Hannah Vollmar of Bowling Green said, “I thought it was great.”
She said she was very impressed by the number of baton corps and dancers, and “the bands are always a favorite.”
Her son, Parker, an eighth grader at Otsego Middle School, said he thought the whole parade was “pretty exciting” and joined his mother in praising the bands.
This year four county schools provided the bands along the route. Otsego, Elmwood, Eastwood and Bowling Green all entertained the crowd with their marching bands.
Fourth-grade student Shelley Meyers of Custar also like the music played by the bands and other units.
“I knew a lot of the music and sang with them,” she said, then confessed, “I like the candy a lot, too.”
Many units handed out candy to the youth along the route. Shelley’s younger sister, Brooke, who is in second grade, also gave her approval to the candy, adding “I like how Santa and Mrs. Clause come in their sleigh.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 11:28|
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