The 4-H youth were among the highlights at Saturday’s Grant County Fair Parade in John Day.
From a large crowd of youth walking together alongside a float to a youngster leading his calf with his parents, the 4-H’ers and their leaders took the spotlight.
The parade theme “Red, White and Blue — This Fair’s For You!” was evident throughout with colorful entries.
Parade coordinator Brenda Mosier said at times tears came to her eyes as the youngsters moved from the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School parking lot, the starting point, to the street that morning.
“Fair, to me, is all about the 4-H kids,” Mosier said. “Having every one of them riding and walking each year brings a sense of pride.”
She was especially impressed with young Tate Waddel, who led his calf Moo Moo down the parade route with the help of his parents, Simmie and Wade.
The sight “made all our hearts melt,” she said, adding the young man received the Judges’ Choice Award.
There were 37 entries in all, and Mosier expressed her appreciation for all who entered, as well as the team of volunteers who assisted her.
“Being a part of the Grant County parade team is an honor because this is one event that brings the towns together,” she said. “Who doesn’t love a parade?”
Grant County Fair Parade
Chester’s Thriftway, first
Blue Mountain Hospice, first
Grant Union volleyball team, second
Grant Union dance team, third
Horse drawn entry
Katie Johnson, first
Mounted male adult
Larry Pierce, first
Queen Jessica Carter and Princess Trinity Hutchison, first
Lil’ Miss NPRA Rowdy Israel, second
Mounted female adult
Charlotte Hopkins, first
Crystal Wimberley, second
Riding organization or family
Wilson family, first
Marciel and Nodine families, second
Tate Waddel and his calf Moo Moo, first
Ron Phillips, first
Pioneer Feed, second
Jerry and Tracy Bird (T-Bird Signs), first
Grand Marshal Jean Kline, first
Randy Dowdy, second
John Ray, third
People Mover, first
Ed Staub & Sons, second
Mountain View Mini Mart, third
Grant County Building Supply, first
Dave Traylor, second
Grant County Fairgrounds, third
Decorated commercial vehicle
John Day Polaris, first
John Day Rural Fire Department, first
John Day Volunteer Fire Department, second
Sweepstakes: Blue Mountain Hospice
Most creative: Charlotte Hopkins
Best theme: T Bird Signs
Best float: Chester’s Thriftway
Judges’ choice: Tate Waddel & his calf Moo Moo