The Gilmore City Fun Days parade on Saturday morning was the highlight of the day for many of the event's youngest attendees. After all, who doesn't love catching candy?
Linda Dodd, of Humboldt, came with her granddaughter, Baily Dodd, 4, of Granger, even though she doesn't really have a connection to the town.
"It's something to do," Linda Dodd explained. "She likes parades."
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Winner of Friday night’s Cutie Contest in the 1- to 4-year-old division was Myka Anderson, 3, of Dakota City. Anderson is seen gathering candy at the Fun Days parade Saturday morning.
Danielle Michalski, of Clare, brought her kids Sydney Michalski, 10, and Sophia Michalski, 3. Danielle said Sophia had never been to a parade before. "It just sounded fun," she said.
Jordan Berte came all the way from West Bend with Brooklyn and Wyatt Berte, ages three and one.
"I went to school down here," he said. For his kids, the parade was a big highlight.
Some of the vendors in the park were also their to revisit their old hometown. Brenda Terwilliger was selling personalized collapsible market baskets.
"I live in Clear Lake now, but this is my hometown," she said. "My mom is in the Garden Club, and my dad is setting up the parade."
Tawny Hoover was selling totes bags and accessories. She said the celebration was a good way to get her name out there. She also enjoyed the other events.
"I had a girl in the Cutie Contest last night, and I have a couple kids who are ready for the parade," she said.
The Lions Club lunch was held in the new Fire Station, along with many other of the weekend's events.
"This is one of our big fundraisers for the year," said Lions Club president Jim LaVelle. "It was always in the old fire station; now we'll be able to seat everyone inside."
This came in handy around noon, when it began to rain.
The building was dedicated in August 2011, and has been in operation for about half a year, LaVelle said.
"We're proud of it," he said.
The celebration will conclude today with a pancake breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. at the Fire Station, an antique tractor display beginning at 9 a.m. on Main Street, an ecumenical church service at 10:30 a.m. in Gazebo Park, a tractor ride at noon, and the announcing of the scavenger hunt winners at 12:30 p.m.