RE/MAX Gold Float Wins Top Honors

This float entered by RE/MAX Gold won first-place honors in the Washington Fair Parade in 2011. Judging was based on best of theme: The Best Days of Summer. Thousands of people turned out for the annual parade.

It was a hot one, but a good one, according to Washington Fair Parade officials.

“We thought is was very successful, but the heat was a factor this year, a big one,” said Jennifer Hasting, co-chair.

“We had so many great looking floats this year and the staging and drop-off ran very well, really we couldn’t be more pleased,” she said.

In all, the parade had about 150 entries which included the color guard, grand marshal and queen contestants who rode in convertibles.

“We did have a few people drop out due to the heat, but our numbers were high,” Hasting said. “Initially, we didn’t know if the marching bands would participate due to the extreme heat, but they came out. They were real troopers.”

Hasting said the heat did take its toll on a few participants and parade watchers, but overall people seemed to come prepared with lots of water and ice. Several cooling stations also were set up along the parade route.

Near the end of the parade there were some gaps between the entries, she said, due to walkers slowing down and their vehicles trying to keep their pace.

Hasting said the heat didn’t seem to keep the crowds away. The streets were lined with people all along the route, she said.

The after party at the Main and Elm parking lot also was very well attended, Hasting said, and a marriage proposal was even made and accepted on the stage.

The float winners were announced at the after party with RE/MAX Gold capturing top honors. Quip-Con won second and Our Lady of Lourdes School took third. Cash prizes were awarded.

The parade judges, who were seated on Fifth Street, were Larry Tobben, Barb Placht and Bob Sullivan.

Hasting congratulated the winners and thanked everyone for their participation.

“I’m actually a little surprised at just how well it all went with the heat, but despite that it was a great success,” she said.

The parade committee will hold a wrap-up meeting next week and then will reconvene in March to start planning for the 2012 Fair.