See the first place winners in the Albion parade

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Strawberry Festival Parade added award winners to the festival processional this year, and Community Action of Orleans & Genesee won first place for “Special Recognition/Community Service.”

The agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and its float noted that milestone anniversary.

A group of judges picked first place winners in several categories today. (The winners will receive certificates.)

The judges were looking for creativity and enthusiasm – participants who celebrate the community and this year’s festival theme: “Hook, Line, and Strawberry!”

Participants were encouraged to include fish and strawberry decorations in their floats and displays.

The following were first place winners:

“Best use of theme”- Dance Reflections.

“Most original” – Albion FFA.

“Best Band” – Albion Marching Band. (This photo shows Char Olick, a senior and drum major, leading the band for a final time.)

“Best Cheer/Dance” – The Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies, who performed in the Albion parade for the first time today.

“Special recognition/community service” – Community Action.

“Best public safety agency – fire/police/ambulance” – Albion Fire Department. (This photo shows firefighters Matt Francis, Andrew Cheverie and Heather Johnston.)

“Best classic car” – This 1963 Chevy truck, owned by Bob Wells of Waterport. He built the truck himself and debuted it in classic car shows about a year ago.