Pemberville takes Kiddie Parade seriously PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:09
Kids toss candy to onlookers during the Pemberville Free Fair Kiddie Parade on Wednesday evening. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Hundreds of people who lined the parade route Wednesday night were treated to the youth of the community's vision of "I spy ..."
Dozens of small units joined with larger floats for the Kiddie Parade, an event many consider the highlight of the annual Pemberville Free Fair. PHOTO GALLERY
One matcher portrayed Wilma Flintstone operating a replica of the Flintstone mobile from the iconic cartoon series; while another rode on a donkey. There were also replicas of a UPS truck and a B-25 bomber from World War II.
Some parade veterans said they were very impressed with the creativity and variety displayed in this year's entries.
"We love everything the kids do," said Sue Grames, a Perrysburg resident who attends the parade every year.
Her companion Val Snyder concurred: "I haven't missed this for years.
Grames noted her two favorites in the parade were the airplane and the "duct tape" entry. "They were very creative."
The parade features many wagons, carts or other small vehicles. Prizes are awarded to the winning entries in each of several categories.
This year's only entry in the duct tape division featured Ohio State football.
People of all ages enjoyed the proceedings.
Donald Taulker, of Pemberville, who will soon turn 89, is another regular to the parade.
"It was a very good parade this year," he said. "I really liked to the Go Green and the B-25."
Created on a kid's wagon, the B-25 was very detailed and realistic looking as it was pulled down the parade route.
The Go Green entry featured a recycling theme as the words "Go Green" were spelled out on the sides with used aluminum cans.
Though she shyly hid from this reporter, Jade Thornton, 5, was finally coaxed by her father, Ed, to say her favorite was the candy.
"We come every year," her father said.
The UPS truck was a tribute to Pete Maxwell, a United Parcel Service driver, who was named the grand marshal for Saturday's main parade.
The UPS truck came complete with packages clearly visible in the back.
Another unusual creation was the "Crane Game" which featured the youth riding fully enclosed in a mock-up of a mechanical arcade game complete with a claw. Another entry featured the Portage River Yacht Club with inner tubes and other vessels which could traverse the river which flows through town.
For most of the younger parade watchers, the attraction was the candy tossed to the crowd.
The parade also included the Eastwood High School marching band, along with cars carrying Bill and Judy Beard, the outstanding citizens of the year; and Ed and Lois Wozniak, the 2013 King and Queen.

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