Locals get creative with parade’s ‘oasis’ theme
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
There were a lot of laughs at this year’s Chase County Fair parade, held Saturday morning, Aug. 15.
Incorporating the parade’s theme, “Chase County—Our Own Little Oasis,” a lot of palm trees, coconuts and men in grass skirts provided several light moments for those lining the streets of Imperial to watch.
Opening with the carrying of the flags, the parade strung out for several blocks in a beautiful, warm morning.
The rain that had delayed some of the activities during the week didn’t show up during the parade.
Adams Bank & Trust walked away with this year’s Grand Prize, in addition to winning first place in the business/professional division.
The bank’s Gilligan Island-themed float featured bank employees depicting the seven characters in the Gilligan’s Island TV series.
Miles Colson was Gilligan; Mary Wilson, the Skipper; Ginger Schrotberger, Ginger; Amy Marlatt, Maryann; John Paisley, The Professor; Lisa Denney, who drove the pickup, as Thurston Howe; and Carma Sazama, Mrs. Howe.
The bank collected the Grand Prize award of $75 in chamber bucks, and another $50 for winning the business/professional division.
Second place entries in each of the five divisions won $30 in chamber bucks.
The parade also featured more than 100 corvettes that were interspersed throughout the parade in several groups. The corvettes were in town for the fair’s corvette show held later Saturday afternoon.
Henry Meeske of Champion was honored as the parade’s Grand Marshal. He was seated in a horse-drawn buggy driven by Judy Brandt.
Of course, there was a lot of candy again for the youngsters, who lined the streets with bags and buckets to collect the goodies.
Here are the winners in each of the five divisions of the parade.
Business/professional—1st and Grand Prize winner Adams Bank & Trust; 2nd Crop Production Services.
Organizations—1st Champion Community Club/Champion Woman’s Club; 2nd Imperial VFW Post.
Religious—1st Crossroads Wesleyan Church; 2nd Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Equestrian—1st Kristen Jussel and Dawn Pinkal; 2nd Judy Brandt and children, Shelbi and Sky.
Open class—1st Bill Larabee, 1925 T-Bucket; 2nd Ryan Bernhardt, 1949 Ford tractor.