Photos courtesy of Gary Carson
At least 5,000 people lined the streets Aug. 6 for the annual Johnson County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce.
“There were 91 entries this year, up from 66 last year,” said Jason Camis, chamber president. The parade lasted about 1.5 hours.
“It takes upwards of about 50 volunteers to man and coordinate the parade,” Camis said. “From parking to registration to judging the floats. And of course the city provides a lot of logistical support in terms of barricades, street cleaning, road closures, etc. “
According to the Gardner Police Department, there were approximately 5,000 people on the parade route, said Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo. “ Gardner PD (bike patrol), volunteers and other agencies successfully worked together to help the event run smoothly. There are no major incidents to report.”
Donna Bratton, Edgerton, served as this year’s grand marshall.
Entries included floats, commercial entries, motorcycles, color guard, pets, bands and bicyclists.
“I was happy to see the increase in entries this year, particularly from businesses and organizations that have not taken part in the parade in previous years,” Camis said. “We knew we’d have a few additional politicians since it’s an election year, but we also had some additional floats/wagons, and there certainly was no shortage of candy distributed.”