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Hundreds visit Windsor for Harvest Festival Parade

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

Emma Chapman likes cheering on the U.S. military veterans who march in the Windsor Harvest Festival Parade each year.

Emma, 6, has attended the parade with her family for most of her life, said her dad, Jordan Chapman. For her first parade six years ago, she was not even a year old.

Emma and her sister, 4-year-old Sophie, giggled with each other as they dove for the candy thrown from various floats.

"I love candy," Emma said, and Sophie nodded her head in agreement.

But they didn't keep it all to themselves. They happily handed some to Virginia Riley and her son, Craig Riley, who sat behind them.

The Rileys said they have been coming to the parade since at least the '90s and that they always enjoy meeting others at the parade.

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Jenny Chapman agreed the people are one of the best parts.

"It's a great sense of community," she said.

Hundreds of people from Windsor, Greeley, Denver and beyond lined Walnut Street on Monday morning to watch the nearly 100 entries, including colorful floats, marching bands and dancers, that moved down the street.

Judges, chosen by the Windsor Harvest Festival Committee, sat at Fifth and Walnut streets, where many floats stopped to give their best performances.

Casey Johnson, the chairman of the festival committee, said he saw more people at the festival than in previous years. Many residents, he said, set out chairs at 6 Sunday night to save their spots for Monday's parade.

The parade was not the only event that saw an uptick in visitors, Johnson said. Saturday night's concert drew about 8,000 people to Boardwalk Park.

"That many people in the park is the most we've ever had," he said.

After the parade, many visitors walked to Main Park, where vendors were lined up around the perimeter, including local and area businesses, craft stands and food vendors.

Kathryn Touran, a veterinarian with Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital in Windsor, said the hospital walked in the parade for the 10th time this year. Her dog, Ottley, who has marched with her in all the parades, was especially happy, she said.

"He thinks the parade is just for him," she said with a laugh.

In a picture on Touran's cell phone, Ottley can be seen with his tongue lolling out of his mouth, which appears to be stretched in a wide grin.

The veterinary hospital also had a booth at Main Park for the third year, Touran said. She said having a booth in the park is a good opportunity to see clients, meet dogs and enjoy the community-oriented, hometown feel of the event.

The Windsor location of Poudre Valley Pet and Feed Supply also was a vendor at the park. Angie Davis, the Windsor store manager, said the event is a good opportunity to get to know residents and offer advice on dog and cat foods.

Two dogs, Maui and Kota, also were on hand to greet visitors to the park.

Luke Bolinger, recreation supervisor for the town of Windsor, said the town and the harvest festival committee worked well together.

"It's been a great partnership," he said.

The rise in visitors was good to see, as well, Bolinger said, even though the barbecue Saturday night sold out of food.

Windsor Harvest Festival Parade results

» Adult non-profit

First place town of Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department

Second place Marine Corps League

» Community/Business

First place — 82 Real Estate

Second place — Althoff Family Chiropractic

» Car/boat/truck/motorcycle Group

First place — Bass Club

Second place — Peterich Construction and Roofing

» Youth Organization

First place — Windsor High School football team

Second place — Windsor High School cheer team

» Tractor

First place — Clayton Nelson

Second place — High Plains New Holland

» Band

First place — Windsor High School band

Second place — Chappelow Arts Magnet School

» Horse Group Youth

First place — Greeley Saddle Club

» Horse Group Adult

First place — Kiowa Creek Coaches

Second place — Colorado Rangers Mounted Unit

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