Strawberry Festival Parade fills Albion with pride

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

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Numerous participants – marching bands, community organizations, classic car owners, fire departments and elected officials – converged in Albion this morning for a parade from the school on East Avenue through the downtown along Main Street.

The top picture shows some members of the Albion Marching Band as they conclude their performance in front of the reviewing stand.

Brad Shelp drove a 1947 Cadillac in front of the Albion Marching Band.

These kids are candy hunting along the parade route.

Katie Klotzbach, right, and her mother Kerry Panek joined the Panek Farms float with three of Panek’s grandchildren.

Mike Woodward, a member of the Self Advocate All Stars at The Arc of Orleans County, pretends he is fishing from the group’s float. Participants were urged to decorate floats with a fishing and strawberry theme. This year’s festival theme is “Hook, Line, and Strawberry!”

Festival King Chase Froman and Queen Vivian Rivers both wave to the crowd while they rode in a horse-drawn carriage.

Joe Gehl served in the Honor Guard at the beginning of the parade.

Members of the 4-H program were out promoting 4-H and the upcoming fair in July.

The Kendall Lawn Chair Ladies made their debut in the Strawberry Festival Parade.

Several marching bands performed in the parade, including the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps from Dansville.

These parade participants were on a float for the Knights of Columbus St. Joan of Arc in Orleans County, Assembly 4th Degree.

The Purple Sharks joined several other youth baseball teams in the parade.

The Wild Rose Pony Club walks down Main Street in the parade.

These participants were part of display for Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, which is celebrating 50 years of service as an agency this year.