Waterford Fair Parade full of smiles, candy and fun
Hundreds gather for Friday kick-off parade
Hundreds of spectators watched the parade pass for more than 40 minutes, headed from Fort Frye High School to the Waterford Community Fair grounds Friday evening.
Children scooped up candy from the pavement and acquaintances waved and hollered. Dogs barked and friends smiled at one another.
Mark Whiteley and members of his family sat in folding chairs in front of a black wrought iron fence on Fifth Street, waiting for the parade to emerge from the grounds of Fort Frye High School.
Whiteley, 61, owns Whiteley Family Farm in Whipple.
“We’ve been coming to this parade and sitting at this spot for 30 years, and today is one of those days when we miss that big tree that used to be here,” he said, looking at the sun and gesturing behind him. “Now we got nothing but a stump.”
Sitting next to him was Parker Burris, who goes to Salem-Liberty Elementary School and was basking in the day’s victory. He was awarded the overall premium exhibitor prize Friday at the Waterford Community Fair, showing his 249-pound pig.
“My favorite part of the parade is the marching bands,” he said.
Down the street, Erin Lockhart, 36, of Beverly, stood at the corner of Fifth and Center streets with a cluster of family members.
“We’ve come the past couple of years, I really enjoy the bands,” she said. Her 9-year-old daughter, Emma Lockhart, said she thought there were two great things about parades, “candy and the tractors.”
Across the street, Angel Brownrigg of Beverly said she’d been attending the parade for the past seven years.
“That’s when my daughter became a cheerleader,” she said. “And I enjoy the bands. I’m a former band member.”
Next to her, Kim Hopkins held the leash of her 10-yeare-old springer spaniel, Sam.
“I like to come and support the community,” she said. “My great-nieces are passing out candy for Skinner Firestone.”
Scott Evans, who said he lives down the road from Beverly, brought his two boys, Rayken Guiler,9, and Tatum Powell, 5.
“We try to get the kids out to see it,” he said. “My wife is walking for Citizens Bank, and my son is in the Buckeye Allstars.”
As they folded up their chairs at the end of the parade, Jim and Lyndell Pool of Beverly said they come to the parade often.
“There was a lot going on this year,” Jim said. “I’m really impressed with the number of entries.”
“It was even longer than last year, I think,” Lyndell said. “It’s good to see the law enforcement and military out. I guess this is sort of a last hurrah for the kids before they go back to school.”
On Saturday, the Waterford Community Fair will hold livestock shows, children’s games, carnival rides, tractor speed pulls and live music in the covered pavilion.
The hog sale starts at 4:30 p.m.
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Waterford Community Fair
• 8 a.m.: Presentation of colors.
• 8 a.m.: Livestock and jackpot shows.
• 9 a.m.: Children’s games begin.
• 11:30 a.m.: Scales open.
• Noon-4 p.m.: Senior citizen day.
• Noon- 4:30 p.m.:Matinee rides, $12 for an armband.
• Noon: Tractor speed pull.
• 4:30 p.m.: Hog sale.
• 5:30 p.m.: Rides reopen, $15 for an armband.
• 5:30 p.m.: Tent entertainment: Dark Pig.
• 6:30 p.m.: Tractor pull sign-ups (for the evening classes).
• 8 p.m.: Tractor speed pull.
• 8:30 p.m.: Tent entertainment: Pickin’ on Country.
• 8 a.m.: Presentation of colors.
• 9 a.m.: Church services in the tent.
• 1 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull (by Waterford FFA Alumni).
• 3:30 p.m.: Tent entertainment: Smith Family Singers.
• 5:30 p.m.: Rides open, $15 for an armband.
Source: Waterford Community Fair Board.