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Dellroy homecoming parade exceeds expectations
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By Carol McIntire
A large crowd of people lined the streets of Dellroy Aug. 12 for the annual homecoming parade and the procession did not disappoint.
Forty-nine entries proceeded along the route, throwing candy that filled bags, baskets and even the pockets of many onlookers on the sidelines.
Dellroy Hardware owners John and Greg Young served as grand marshals for the parade, smiling and waving to the crowd as they rode in a convertible Camaro.
Festival officials said the parade was the largest it’s been the past several years and expressed appreciation to all who participated as well as those who attended the two-day homecoming.
Parade winners included:
Best Appearing Engine: Mineral City Volunteer Fire Department (VFD).
Best Appearing Tanker: Carrollton Village Fire Department.
Best Appearing Brush Truck: Perry Twp. VFD.
Best Appearing Emergency Squad: Fairfield Twp.
Oldest Fire Truck in Service: Ron Dennis.
Farthest Distance Traveled by a Fire Department: Loudon Twp. VFD.
Best Appearing Marching Unit: American Legion Post #475.
Best Appearing Float: Angles Timber Construction.
Best Appearing Antique Car or Tractor: Pixie Furbee.
Best Appearing Children’s Entry: Home Away from Home Daycare.
Judge’s Choice: R&M Towing.
Fire Department members recognized the Citizen of the Year and Firefighter of the Year following the parade.
Brenda Gray was named Citizen of the Year for volunteering in the community and with the fire department.
The late Tom Parker was honored posthumously as Firefighter of the Year. Parker who died a few weeks ago after a brief battle with cancer, served as chief of the department for 10 years.
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