The New Melle Festival Parade was held Saturday, June 16th, and the turnout was amazing. Over 40 participants registered for the event. There were 15 (yes, fifteen) actual "floats" from businesses and organizations, plus three sets of clowns, plus several other UTVs, Vans, pick-ups, antique/classic cars, and lots of dump trucks!
There were numerous walking groups including Francis Howell Football players and cheerleaders, students from Daniel Boone Elementary, St. Charles County Ambulance District Honor Guard, members of Girl Scout Troop 427 on horseback, members of the Boone Country 4-H Club, and Patriot Guard motocycle riders. The parade lasted about 45 minutes from start to finish.
There were two winning floats. 1st place in the business category went to: Grace Hauling "Good Times at the Festival". The prize was free advertising at NMSR for a year.
1st Place in the non-profit category was St. John’s UCC-Cappeln with "Food Times/Picnic at the Church". They will receive a cash prize.
Serving as Grand Marshals this year were representatives of the New Melle Fire Department Board of Directors – Mike Moore, John Loyd and Rick Massey.
While several participants threw out candy for the little ones, there were a number of floats giving out other items to the spectators, including hot dogs, chicken wings, freeze pops, T-shirts, koozie cups, Frisbees, hats, beads, hair care products, stickers (and maybe a little New Melle Well Water here and there!) Kids that participated in the parade received vouchers for a free hot dog and drink at the festival grounds following the parade.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard over the past few months to rejuvenate the parade. And a big "Thank You" to all who put in the time and effort to create, build and decorate a float. The result was a fantastic parade – one for record books – and a great example of a community "Where old friends meet and new friends greet."
1st Place Business Category: Grace Halling "Good Times at the Festival"
1st Place non-profit: St. John's UCC-Cappeln "Food Times/Picnic at the Church"
Intelligent Plumbing Solutions - New Melle Well Water
(Wearing T-shirts representing the ingredients - Gin, Squirt, Lemons, Limes, Ice.)
A & S Septic "Farm Living is the Life"
Axiom Product Solutions "This is how we roll, This is how we ride."
Blondin Professional Real Estate "Home Town New Melle"
Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique - "Small Town America"
Boone Country 4-H Club - Sponsored by Short Stop's Convenience Store.
New Melle Baptist Church "Honoring God and Country"
Liz's Bar and Grill, "Good times at Liz's"
Fireside Bar and Grill "Winging it at Fireside"
BJW Construction Services, "Fishing for a good time"
Schellert Family "In Memory of Fred Schellert"
Missy Opfer, "Clowning Around Town"
Wildschuetz Bros Trucking Clowns
Pocket of Preschool Academy "Fun in the Pool"
For more photos from the parade click here.