For Ian Fairchild of Waterford, 7, Friday's Waterford Community Fair Parade was all about the candy.
"We almost get every piece," he said, from his prime position at the start of the parade by Fort Frye High School in Beverly.
Fairchild, his parents and two brothers had planned just where to stand to get the most goodies. Those participating in the parade did not disappoint, tossing handfuls of candy at them as the children squealed with delight.
SHARON BOPP The Marietta Times
Friday’s Waterford Community Fair Parade went from Fort Frye High School to the Community Fairgrounds in Waterford.
After the parade ended, Fairchild proudly showed off his big red bag half full of just about every kind of candy imaginable.
Sirens, horn blasts, drums, the clop of horses and more filled the evening air, as the parade began at Fort Frye High School, headed south on Ohio 339, passed over the bridge into Waterford and ended at the Waterford Community Fairgounds.
The fair kicked off Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday highlights
Noon, 8 p.m. Tractor Speed Pull Classes.
4:30 p.m. Hog Sale.
6:30 p.m. Not So Rich and Famous.
9 p.m. Pickin' on Country.
10 a.m. Fun Horse Show.
1 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull.
1:30 p.m. Ladies Redneck Rodeo.
5 p.m. Truck & Tractor Pull
For a full schedule: www.waterfordfair.com
Minutes before the parade started at about 6 p.m., the sun broke through the gray clouds. With cooler temperatures, too, it was the ideal evening for a small-town fair parade.
"This is the best community ever," said Jannessa Fairchild of Waterford, 29, who moved to the area about four years ago.
Angie Wardeska of Beverly, 60, has been to every parade here since 1999.
"I like the little men in the cars, and all the candy for the kids and grandma," Wardeska noted.
"You get to see the politicians and the businesses, too," said Sandy Self of Beverly, 63.
Self's mother-in-law, Mercedes Self, 84, was attending her second Waterford Community Fair Parade.
"She seems to enjoy it," Sandy Self said.
Bowen Elliott of Beverly, 4, favored the horses, while his father, Matthew Elliott of Beverly, 29, was partial to a large ship that rolled by.
"I liked the ship and the beautiful singing," Matthew Elliott noted. "You don't see very many ships going down the road."
Rosemary Ellis of Beverly said she has attended every Waterford Community Fair Parade.
"You usually know everyone in the parade," said Ellis.
"It's just like a homecoming," Ellis added.