The Morgan County parade kicking off fair week is always filled with fun, candy, and creative floats. While perhaps not as well attended as the Fourth of July parade, the fair parade holds a special place in the hearts of residents. It is a time for businesses, political candidates, families, clubs, sport teams, and more to showcase, advertise, and display Morgan pride.
Lineup began at 9 a.m. at Morgan High School and the parade officially started at 10 a.m.
Starting out with the veterans, a hush of reverence accompanied the flags carried proudly by the aged veterans.
“The parade was great to show the patriotism and great love of our country in the beginning of the parade,” commented a local resident. “All the great businesses and citizens of our community were well represented in our small-town parade. From a young child, it has been fun to see how it has changed. It is always a delight to still see the constants, like the American flag and the horses, as I have done for the last forty years.” As a father, he enjoys taking his children to experience the same delight and fun he knew growing up in Morgan.
Running for political office, one candidate had a bubble machine operated by a boy while the candidate handed out cards. There were tumblers and gymnasts of all ages including the high school and dance cheer team known as the Spirit Squad. On trucks, came the Morgan High school drama club, advertising the upcoming school plays. Through the eyes of a child, the First Community Bank was a favorite with the glittering streamers and the fact that the float seemed to hover over the road!
From the floats spraying water, throwing candy, hucking small gifts, and the heat of the sun, it was the parade experience to the fullest.
One particularly creative float included a band, outfitted with banjos, a ukulele, guitars and such, sang “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Only they added a creative twist substituting the words and singing “To the place, I belong… Morgan County!”
The cars and trucks, especially the old red fire truck, were a delight to the parade goers. Some were high end cars such as a black Audi R8 while other models had made their grand debut in the 20th century. Old fashioned or newfangled, one little boy standing in the crowd would shout at the sight of each one, “Look at that cool car!”
“I absolutely love the people here in Morgan County,” enthused Shara Birt who is the fair board member in charge of the parade. “The parade this year had so many fun entries and had the highest numbers of entries since I began! I hope to keep growing this awesome tradition. It sure takes a great crew to pull this off!! Luckily, I have an amazing support group, who made it run smoothly. I love seeing the community come together and have a fun time. It’s such a fun way to kick off our fantastic fair!”