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Enter the parade

Jul 24, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck

The Fremont County Fair Parade is intended to showcase our best

"I love a parade!" exclaims the old song form the 1930s that still is heard at summer band concerts.

It's a nice thought, and we in Fremont County again are about to learn why.

The Fremont County Fair Parade proceeds eastward on Riverton's Main Street this Saturday morning -- a welcome returns to the old parade time.

With the parade just three days off, you might assume it's too late to enter.

It isn't.

In fact, the parade can use all the entries it can get.

This year's county fair theme, "Celebrating 100 Years of Traditions and Fun," sparks lots of ideas for a parade entry. Just about anything goes.

Is there an old car in the family? Some old clothes? An old piece of farm or yard equipment? Fire it up, put them on, show it off.

Is there a club you belong to, or a sports team, or a musical group? Get together for the parade.

Do you have horses, dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs? The parade audience enjoys animals. Sign up.

Is your church celebrating a birthday? Is your class having a reunion? Is 2009 the anniversary of something important from the past? Paint a banner and line up for the parade?

Maybe you have a hobby -- like disc golf or bird watching, quilting or tuba-playing. Find a way to make it part of the parade.

Do you work with a group of children, perhaps in a scout troop, a swim team, or at a child-care center? Round them up and march (and buy ice cream afterward).

Did you do a 4-H project you're proud of? Planning to enter some of your handiwork in the fair? Still have Mom's dress from the fair fashion show 40 years ago? The parade-watchers would love to see it.

Maybe you and your friend like to goof around. Put together a lawn-tractor convoy, or a folding-chair brigade, or buy eight rainbow wigs, or put on Halloween masks and call yourself the Fair Scare Patrol.

Do you hold an elected office, or sit on an important board or commission? Your public awaits, and the fair parade is a good time to be seen.

All this is to say nothing of the institutional floats, bands, military groups, law enforcement agencies and firefighters which are counted on to bulk up the parade each year.

If you'd like to enter, there's still time. Fill out an entry from at the county fair office in south Riverton. Or, visit fremontcountyfair.org and use the online entry form. Or, contact parade coordinator Mary Ellen Christensen at 240-1188. She says late entries are welcomed right up to parade time (we'd recommend by 9:30 a.m. at the Smith's parking lot).

Or, of you don't care about being in the program or being judged in one of the various parade categories, just line up on West Main at the end of the parade Saturday morning.

The county fair parade is intended to showcase the best of Fremont County every summer. Be part of it -- we because we all love a parade. -- Steven R. Peck

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