Fourth of July Parade the largest yet


Cate Park Band, milfoil float, Wright Museum win special awards



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Most of the marching members of the Cate Park Band pose with the trophy the band won for its performance in the Wolfeboro Fourth of July parade just prior to performing the pre-fireworks concert in Cate Park on Monday night. It should be noted that trumpet player Joshua Spaulding isn't pictured because he was on the other side of the camera. (Joshua Spaulding photo) (click for larger version)

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Most of the marching members of the Cate Park Band pose with the trophy the band won for its performance in the Wolfeboro Fourth of July parade just prior to performing the pre-fireworks concert in Cate Park on Monday night. It should be noted that trumpet player Joshua Spaulding isn't pictured because he was on the other side of the camera. (Joshua Spaulding photo) (click for larger version)
July 07, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The annual Wolfeboro Fourth of July Parade once again enjoyed sunny weather, large but friendly crowds and a variety of entries last Monday.

There were two longer-than-normal delays in the parade, the longer being just before the politicians appeared (a pause that led some visitors to leave), and the fireworks hesitated a bit as well, but for the most part it was a happy birthday party.

The parade's Grand Prize winner was the Cate Park Band, a volunteer group that gives free concerts at the bandstand every Wednesday night in summer and which has been the lead musical entry in the parade for years.

The Marshall's Trophy went to the Wright Museum, which contributed the large number of WWII vehicles and a float with an impressive Jimmy Durante impersonator that have appeared in parades past, but also added a lively Rosie the Riveter this year.

The Commander's Trophy was given to the Diver-Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) pontoon boat float entered this year by the Joint Milfoil Committee of the towns of Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro. On the float Wolfeboro selectmen Linda Murray threatened a large clump of agitated milfoil with a suction device.

Prizes were also awarded for entries in each of the parade's three divisions.

In the First Division (Commercial), First Prize went to Spider Web Gardens of Tuftonboro for its abundant display of oversize produce and promotion of community-supported agriculture, which captured the parade's theme of "Community is Strength."

Second Prize went to Expressions Dance Studio for the coordinated movements of its more than 40 girls in matching red and black outfits, and Third Prize went to Hunter's IGA for its float featuring lawn chairs and two boaters in a canoe with the sign "I Love Livin' in Wolfeboro."

In the Second Division (Groups and Organizations), First Prize went to the Wolfeboro Agricultural Commission for their farmyard float promoting Open Farm Day on Aug. 7, farm tractors (driven by Alan Fredrickson, his son Erik, and Charlie Horsken) and harvest implements.

Second Prize went to Global Awarness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) for their truck powered by vegetable oil and festooned with energy-saving tips. Executive Director Josh Arnold should have received extra credit for his enthusiastic waving of a G.A.L.A. flag mounted on a tree branch. Third Prize went to The Nick for its flaming torch twirler, array of athletes and towed Thunderbird advertising their upcoming car show.

In the Third Division (Political and Private), none of the political entries won a prize. First Prize went to One Wheel Wonders riding unicycles of various heights and weaving across the parade route.

Second Prize went to the Wolfeboro Nursery School whose float featured a scale model of the Railroad Station where the school is located, with little students surrounding it. Third Prize went to new entry Raven's Rest Ranch, which featured, among other things, a tractor with a cow's head.

The Parade Committee also gave out trophies for three novelty entries. First Prize went to Haley Lavarte, who did amazing things twirling a baton. Second Prize went to the Wooden Nickels "UnPlugged" float. Third Prize went to perennial parade favorite, the Wolfeboro Offshore Ad-Lib Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team.

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