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Moultonborough parade celebrates the Fourth

The Grand Prize went to this float by a group of Lake Kanasatka homeowners. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
July 12, 2019
MOULTONBOROUGH — A grand parade followed by a cookout brought out the community on the Fourth of July featuring some unique floats and some hometown heroes.

The annual fourth of July Parade got underway on Thursday morning starting on Blake Road and going through the village.

Fire trucks from Moultonborough and Center Harbor as well as Stewart's Ambulance took the head of the parade followed by an honor guard. This year's grand marshal was Charles Estano, who rode in Sally Carver's yellow Bug in his Civil War reenactment uniform. The parade saw floats and marchers from a number of different businesses, organizations, town offices such as the Recreation Department and the Moultonborough Public Library, and processions of kids on bikes and antique cars.

Each entry was reviewed by a panel of judges, who decided on the winners in each category.

The parade turned onto Old Route 109 and ended at the Moultonborough Function Hall. Members of the Moultonborough Lion's Club cooked burgers and hotdogs and offered a spread of summer picnic foods.

Before the parade awards Estano spoke to the audience.

"Even though we've got problems we're still the greatest nation in the history of the world," Estano said.

He said he was grateful to live in Moultonborough.

Estano will be turning 95, and is a World War II veteran, having entered the Army at 17. He was one of eight brothers who fought in the war, four in the Army and four in the Navy. All eight of the brothers returned home safely at the end of the war.

He said his mother sent his brother Steve a $5, having no use for it at the time he signed his initials on it and sent it to his brother John. That bill was passed to each of the brothers, who put their initials on it before it ultimately went back to their mother. Their mother died at 91-years-old and was buried with that $5 bill.

The prize for best antique vehicle went to a 1957 Chevy Black, second place went to Willy the Army Jeep, and third prize was given to a 1929 Woody.

In Formation Groups, first place went to a trio of belly dancers, second place went to the Recreation Department's Recking Crew, and third place went to Camp Robindel.

The top trophy in bikes went to the Stapleton Family and second place was given to the Irving Family.

The Moultonborough Public Library won first place in Floats, the CommUNITY Group was given second place, and third place was given to Lamprey Real Estate.

This year's Grant Prize went to a group of Lake Kanasatka homeowners with their float depicting lake life with the message, "Don't be a stinker, trash your lead sinkers."

Wendy Booker, who played Ms. Kanasatka, said a male loon died on the lake of lead poisoning after digesting lead tackle. She said they were reinforcing the message of preserving the lakes.

"With 'There's No Place Like Home' we want to preserve our lake home and our lake wildlife," Booker said.

Members of the group said they were really happy to get the Grand Prize.

"We were ecstatic, it exceeded our expectations," said Valerie Girard.

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