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

Walking individual

Tate Waddel and his calf Moo Moo, first

Antique vehicle

Ron Phillips, first

Pioneer Feed, second

Custom vehicle

Jerry and Tracy Bird (T-Bird Signs), first

Classic vehicle

Grand Marshal Jean Kline, first

Randy Dowdy, second

John Ray, third

Decorated vehicle

People Mover, first

Ed Staub & Sons, second

Mountain View Mini Mart, third

Decorated ATV

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

Special Awards

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

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