VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com
Special to The Gardner News
August 2, 2014 – Crowds of spectators lined the main street of Gardner on Saturday to enjoy the 2014 Johnson County Fair Parade. The parade began at 10:30 and finished up just shortly before noon. If you missed it, you can watch it all in the video accompanying this article. The video been condensed to 29 minutes, but includes all the floats that passed the grandstand.
The theme this year was “Fur and Feathers”. Shirley Brown-VanArsdale and Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm announced the festivities from the Grandstand on the steps of Gardner City Hall.
The parade led off with a mass of motorcycles carrying American Flags. Parade Grand Marshall Ken Porter rode in an antique car with his grandchildren, leading a variety of parade floats sponsored by area churches, businesses and organizations.
New Life church created one of the prize winning floats. Playing on the Fur and Feathers theme, it featured a life size Slyvester (the puddy cat) who was caged by Tweety Bird.
The GEHS Trailblazer band, under the direction of Will Biggs, marched in the parade. Cheerleading routines were performed in front of the grandstand by GEHS, Trailridge and Wheatridge middle school cheerleaders.
The weather was exceptionally good, there turnout was good – what a great day for a parade!