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A young spectator watches the parade marchers approach.

Annual parade draws crowd

HECTOR, July 25 -- The annual Hector Fair parade was held Friday evening under a sunny sky and with pleasant temperatures. Accordingly, a large crowd lined Rt. 414 as fire trucks, tractors, baton twirlers, bagpipers and floats worked their way to the fair site -- the field behind the Valois-Logan-Hector fire hall.

More than a dozen fire departments were represented by vehicles, and some departments provided marchers. Various businesses were in line, too, along with a Vacation Bible School, some local politicians, and some classic cars.

Fire units represented included the home department (Valois-Logan-Hector) along with Odessa, Trumansburg, Hammondsport, Mecklenburg, Enfield, Montour Falls, Interlaken, Watkins Glen, Lodi, Tyrone, Wayne, Burdett and Bradford. Schuyler Ambulance and South Seneca Ambulance were also on hand.

Music was provided by the Caledonian Highlanders Pipes & Drums and the Clyde Saxton Band, along with singers from Freedom Village.

Afterward, most of the spectators made their way to the fairgrounds for food, rides and games, or to visit merchandise stands, a petting zoo, or a library book sale under a tent on the north end of the grounds.

The fair, which opened Thursday night, was set to conclude Saturday night after an afternoon and evening of more fun, including a chicken barbecue and a display of classic cars.

Photos in text: Among the many parade participants were some with a military theme.

Members of the Montour Falls Fire Department march past the Clyde Saxton Band.

Left: Atop the Odessa Fire Department truck. Right: Member of a twirling group.

The parade included various tractors, along with fire trucks and other vehicles.

Aboard a Vacation Bible School float.

Politicians running for office rode on a couple of floats.

And on the fairgrounds:

The lights came on as night set in.

Three faces in the crowd ...

... and three more faces.


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Charles Haeffner
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869