Annual Labor Day parade pulls out all the stops

The 2018 Washington County Fair Parade kicked off the annual five-day parade along Front Street on Saturday morning.

The 90-minute parade featured dozens of units, including high school bands, civic organization, veterans organizations, area businesses, political candidates and others.

Parade watchers lines Front Street from the Ohio River Levee at one end to the Washington County Fairgrounds at the other, cheering on the units and collecting candy and other treats thrown out by the passing units and floats.

Belpre resident Josh Harvey was watching the parade with family members, including several younger ones who kept busy picking up candy and other treats.

“I loved it. It’s one of the best ones I’ve been to. I’m glad it ended before the (Ohio State University) Buckeye game, though,” he said.

Harvey said he likes to visit the Washington County Fair a couple of times during the weekend, especially to watch the bull riding, which was scheduled to be held Sunday at the Grandstands at the fairgrounds.

“Those are a different breed, those are some roughnecks,” he said of the riders.

The fair continues through Tuesday at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta. Daily admission is $8 with children 6 and under admitted free. A season or membership pass is $25. Tuesday is Military and Veteran Appreciation Day with free admission for all veterans and active military.