Broken Arrow Cellars and Craft Brewery took the Grand Champion honors in the Chase County Fair Parade, and also won the business division. (Johnson Publications photo)

Jack and Ina Wilson were near the start of the parade, leading the event as Grand Marshals. (Johnson Publications photo)

Winning the open class was the Cattleman’s Ball entry. The big event in June 2019 will be held in Chase County. (Johnson Publications photo)

Imperial firefighter Todd Courter provides some relief to the crowd who gathered near the courthouse for the parade. (Johnson Publications photo)

Weston Sauder seems comfortable at the helm of this Regier Equipment tractor which took part in the parade. His mom, Melissa, is there to help if needed. (Johnson Publications photo)

Sisters-in-law Margene Hayes, left, and Murietta Proud won the equestrian division with their pony and cart. (Johnson Publications photo)

Imperial’s FFA chapter took the top honors in the organizations division. (Johnson Publications photo)

Parade another winner—‘Let’s Go There’

    Based on its theme, it seemed the public took the parade committee’s advice: “Chase County Fair—Let’s Go There.”
    Hundreds lined the streets in Imperial Aug. 18 for another edition of the fair parade, when the weather cooperated, entries took home Chamber Bucks prizes and youngsters hauled home buckets of candy and other goodies.
    “We feel it went together quite well,” said Parade Co-Chairman Chris Lee.
    “It was a beautiful day for it.”
    He and fellow co-chairman Randi Rusk organized this year’s parade for the fair board as Imperial Chamber of Commerce members.
    They took in the entries, and with their committee lined them up Saturday morning for the 10:30 a.m. start.
    In all, there were 65 entries this year, Lee said.
    Youths not only had bags and buckets of candy as souvenirs, they also seemed to take home more tokens like bouncy balls, cold treats and Frisbees, Lee said.
    There were fewer parade entries from organizations, Lee said, “but we had a ton of businesses,” which led the parade in entry numbers with 28.
    Entries could also participation in equestrian, religious and open classes.
    Broken Arrow Cellars took the top honors with this year’s parade Grand Champion, after also winning the business division.
    The winery and craft brewery at the northwest edge of Imperial  earned the maximum number of points—100—in judging criteria that included how it followed the theme, originality, decorative effort and identifying markings.
    Placing first in the other divisions were Imperial FFA, organizations; Cattleman’s Ball, open class; sisters-in-law Margene Hayes and Murietta Proud, equestrian; and Imperial Berean Church, religious.
    First place in each category received $50 in Chamber Bucks, while second place earned $30. Broken Arrow Cellars earned an additional $75 as Grand Champion.

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