Carlton celebrates bicentennial with parade on 98, fun at town park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 June 2023 at 8:37 am

Parade is a first in Carlton since the late 1970s

Photos by Tom Rivers

CARLTON – The Town of Carlton celebrated its bicentennial on Saturday, and the festivities included a parade down Route 98 from Waterport Carlton Road to Park Avenue.

The Carlton Clippers team in the Albion Midget League were in the procession behind some large farm machinery.

Click here to see a video of the parade.

Wendy Tinder and her daughter Charlotte wave from a Jet Ski on a trailer as part of the parade.

Z.A.M. Yohe Draft Horses pulls a group on a wagon in the procession down Route 98.

Seanne and Ted Narburgh gave a golf cart a patriotic look for the town’s 200th anniversary celebration.

Orleans County Tourism brought the 13-foot-long fiberglass Chinook salmon.

Brenda Mufford, who helped coordinate the parade, drives a 1972 Chevelle SS in the parade. Her grandson Jax joined her for the ride.

These daughters of Carlton firefighters carry the banner in front of the fire company. They include, from left: Emma Dumrese, Kayla Niederhofer and Olivia Dumrese.

The procession of fire trucks, town highway trucks and equipment, classic cars and other vehicles head south on Route 98.

Jim Tabor of Carlton takes a photo of Frank Strasburger in 1972 Buick GS 455. Tabor said this was the first parade in Carlton since the late 1970s when the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company used to have the annual carnival.

Susan Howard, the Orleans County first assistant district attorney, carries a banner announcing she is running for district attorney in 2024. Howard is a Carlton resident.

Jack Stinson, left, Lloyd Wright and other members of the Albion Lions Club served up sausage and other food at the town park. Other food was available and Coupe de Ville and Son Henry Band performed.

Guy Magliocco of Point Breeze plays Taps in observance of Lysbeth “Betsy” Hoffman, the town historian who passed away on Feb. 18, 2021.

Kurt Van Wycke, the town highway superintendent, is at left.

The town’s bicentennial was actually last year but the celebration was put off until this year.

According to the town web site:

“Carlton’s first settlement was made in 1803 by two brothers, James and William Wadsworth, who soon moved further west in New York State. They were subsequently followed by the Brown, Dunham, Lovewell and Root families who stayed.

“Carlton was formed by the towns of Gaines and Ridgeway on April 13, 1822 and known by the name of Oak Orchard until 1825 when the name was changed to Carlton. It is thought the name Carlton was chosen honoring Sir Guy Carleton (1724 – 1808), who served as governor of Quebec from 1786-1796. Carleton was also a shipbuilding district near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.”

Charlotte and Cullen Bannister greeted people from a float for Excelsior Farms and Bannister Beef.

Quill Diesel Repair & Towing was among many businesses in the parade.

Ava Woolston of the Carlton Clippers tosses candy to kids along Route 98. Her father, Ryan, is one of the team’s coaches this year.

Sheriff Chris Bourke and Town Supervisor Gayle Ashbery are ready for the parade to start.

The fun at the town park included bounce houses, and many other games and activities.