Photos and Story by Garth Snow.
Almost 60 entries streamed past the judges for almost 60 minutes Saturday, June 16, at the Hoagland Days Parade.
The streets fell silent as almost a mile of spectators paused for an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Duane Rice, Bruce Counterman and Annie Counterman watched from the review stand opposite Community Park while entrants rolled, marched and rode west on Hoagland Road. Emcee Jeff Abbott of Woodburn shared the mic briefly with Allen County Sheriff David J. Gladieux as the parade formed at 11 a.m., and then midway through the parade shared comments from retiring East Allen County Schools Superintendent Ken Folks.
Grand marshals Mike and Betty Pequignot, the longtime operators of The Hayloft, waved to the spectators.
Miss Allen County Fair Sophi Schultz accepted cheers.
The Heritage, New Haven and Woodlan high schools bands played and twirled flags as they marched. Heritage High School athletic teams, a dance school, a martial arts school and the Allen County 4-H Llama Lovers club moved past, often sharing candy and even frozen treats.
Veterans groups, fire and EMS crews, police, civic leaders and vintage tractors filled Hoagland Road.
The annual festival ended its three-day run that evening after the traditional chicken dinner, carnival rides and demolition derby.
The Hoagland Advancement Association will gather civic clubs, school groups, civic groups and others to celebrate again on June 14-16, 2018.