Crowds lined the streets of Windsor block after block as the annual Harvest Festival Parade made its way though through town.
This year’s 91 entries rolled, walked and trotted their way over a dozen blocks along Walnut and Seventh streets playing music, handing out candy and performing.
Entries and participants alike presented their organization or business all the while trying to stay true to the theme “Harvesting Windsor’s dreams: Past, Present, Future.” Some participants stopped before the judges to perform a cheer, dance or other routine.
“That’s a bunch (of entries),” Windsor Harvest Festival volunteer Mike Frick said. “It’s a great parade. It has a little bit of everything.”
For some people going to the parade has become their Labor Day activity of choice. “It’s a tradition,” Mary Burkes said. She and her husband, Joel, come down from Eaton almost every year to watch the parade. “It’s always fun,” Joel Burkes said.
Along the road, people and organizations had all kinds of snacks and treats for sale on tables along the route. Some even used the opportunity as a fundraiser. Pat Ferrell came show up not only for the parade, but to help with her fundraiser for her church, First United Methodist, had to raise funds for clean water wells in the Republic of the Congo. She has attended the parade for about 35 years.
“It was good to see so many young families,” she said.
Janet Caplinger’s husband, served in the U.S. Navy, so they always like to see the veteran’s organizations in the parade, she said.
The parade and surrounding festivities invoke “a sense of community,” Brian Martens said. He and his wife, Loretta, have gone to the parade almost every year for 13 years.
“Everything” about the parade brings Emma Schlotthauer there each year. While she set up her chair to watch the parade, she said she has come to the parade for so long she cannot remember when she started; it has “probably been 50 years at least.”