The Street Parade is always the official start of the Highland County Fair. Days in advance, the grass along the side of the road is neatly cut. Hours before the parade, empty lawn chairs line the roads to secure their owners’ front row seats. Whole families (often three or even four generations) gather at the side of the road, plastic bags or baskets in hand – essential receptacles for candy thrown by the handful from the parade floats and vehicles.
The Parade is basically a showcase for local businesses and organizations as well as individuals with special hobbies. Antique vehicles are always popular:
All the various beauty queens and kings get to participate. I do understand the function of the Maple Queen and her court – each year, a new crew of high school beauties is selected to represent the county during the all-important maple festival. Here is this year’s Maple Queen and her princesses:
I never quite understood the purpose of the Fire Queens and the fact that nine of them are needed each year. Here they are all perfecting their beauty-queen wave:
Not to be forgotten are last year’s Little Miss and Master Highland:
I rather enjoyed the bubbles created by the bubble machine on this float:
This little girl from a neighboring county must have felt like a true princess sitting on top of a vehicle, her legs dangling thru the sunroof,
while her daddy and little baby sister were operating the vehicle:
Then there are gleaming fire engines from various locations, mostly fairly modern equipment:
and Smokey the Bear waving the American flag:
Not quite sure what this fire truck actually does:
The Little Switzerland Cloggers are always an essential component of any county event and are fun to watch:
No hometown parade would be complete without its High School Band:
The Allegheny Mountain String Project is a local music school, obviously specializing in exposing children to music from a very early age.
This man is advertising his barn quilt business. Barn quilts are colorful designs mounted on barns or homes and has become quite the trend in our county lately.
Local banks always design a colorful float. This one reflects the theme of the 2014 Fair: “Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams.”
And, of course, every parade needs its clowns!
And while there was no dentist in the parade, the massive amounts of candy thrown to the masses will ensure job security for dentists for a while to come: