GOSHEN — A beautiful, warm, sunny day greeted entrants and onlookers alike for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair parade Sunday afternoon, July 21.
The annual race to the fairgrounds once again kicked off the parade, with serious and fun runners alike preceding the various parade entries.
Several runners could be seen competing in togas or even a Ms. Pac-Man costume, and at least one entrant ran while pushing a child in a stroller.
Once the runners had passed, the parade itself got underway. The 2013 edition of the parade once again featured more than 100 different entries.
This year’s parade featured a total of 130 different entries, which was just a few more than last year. This year’s procession featured everything from 4-H and FFA floats, to military veterans, to classic cars, antique tractors and various churches throughout the area.
Parade fans began lining the streets of Goshen early Sunday to pick out the best vantage point to watch the procession.
“We like to see what’s new in town,” said Sena Brown of New Paris. Brown and her husband, Lewis, sat on South Main Street with their son, Tovi, who said the fire engines were his favorite part.
The family comes to the parade each year, even if it’s very hot, as the parade provides “something to do” on a Sunday afternoon.
The leaders of the parade arrived at the fairgrounds after 2 p.m. as the procession made its way to the grandstand, where parade winners were named.
The 4-H Rabbit Club received the parade’s top prize, the William Bigler Award. The Rabbit Club also won the 4-H float category, with Fairfield Pioneer 4-H taking second place and the Jacksonians 4-H Club taking third.
The commercial category was won by Success Martial Arts, with Star Martial Arts coming in second and AM General in third.
Other parade winners included Girls Scouts troops 10030 and 10827 in the Youth and Agricultural Clubs category, Rock Run Church of the Brethren in the Open Class category and the U.S. Military Veterans in the Antique Automobiles and Tractors category.
A full list of the fair’s winners can be found by visiting 4hfairparade.org.