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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Everybody Loves A Parade

Everybody loves a parade and especially if your daughter is in it.


That's how Pam Bruckner felt this afternoon as she gathered with friends Toni Ellicott of Saline and Jennifer Holcomb of Ypsilanti. Bruckner, whose daughter, Cindy, won the title first runner-up in the Miss Saline pageant Tuesday night was proud as could be when I captured the ladies, joined by family and friends, on video for our Web site. She said her favorite part of the parade was watching her daughter come down Michigan Avenue in a bright, shiny, red Mustang.

Toni Ellicott, just as proud of her child, who plays an instrument in the high school band, said her favorite part of the parade is the Saline High School Marching Band. Both women were among hundreds who lined the main drag at 1 p.m. for the Saline Community Fair Parade. The fair marked its 72nd anniversary this year. Among the highlights of the parade were floats built by past and present members of the Saline Steer Club and Saline Lamb Club. Both marked milestones this year as the steer club celebrated its 60th anniversary and the lamb club hit 55.

The Saline Reporter featured the Saline Steer Club in a feature story in the Sept. 6 edition. You can check it out on our Web site.

Other highlights of the parade were the Miss Saline pageant winners, Grand Marshal Wes Exelby, the Miss Poppy girls, Saline American Legion, Red Hat Society ladies, Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Saline Twirlettes, Saline New Horizon Band, antique cars and fire trucks. For the children, I am sure, it's all about the candy. And there was plenty of it.

If you haven't made it out to the Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds yet, today is your last chance to experience the 2007 Saline fair. Events continue until about 9:30 p.m. The Fiddlers ReStrung hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. and two drawings are scheduled at 9:30. If you're into smashing metal, the USA Demolition Derby State Finals are at 7 p.m. I am on my way over for one more taste of it to round out my video coverage of the fair. Maybe I'll see you there. Please be sure to check out all of our coverage in the newspaper and online, including our videos of the Miss Saline Pageant, fair parade and fair.

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