Residents and visitors turned out in force Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Town of Boyce. While many Clarke residents were curious about the low key event and relied on faith alone as to what the event would turn out to be, the faithful and the curious were treated to a wonderful small town celebration. The feature parade saw an excellent turnout with performers, politicians, and fire crews from around the state.
Town volunteers contributed hundreds of home-baked cupcakes to provide a total of 3000 cupcakes that were free to all attendees.
The feature parade began shortly after 1:30 and lasted a little over an hour with spectacular performances by marching bands and majorette teams who captivated the crowd as they traveled down the parade route. Local law enforcement kept the parade moving in a well orchestrated flow by periodically stopping cross traffic on Route 340.
Local politicians, from the Boyce Mayor to Clarke County School Board members, rode the parade route in classic convertibles waving to the crowds. Frank Wolf rode the route while challenger Jeff Barnett worked the crowds as he traveled the parade route. Both are actively campaigning for the November elections.
After the parade, crowds flocked to the vendor area that was set up along the railroad tracks. Food vendors and artisans offered an extensive assortment of food and merchandise for visitors to enjoy.
Unofficial estimates have the attendance at around 2000 people. The event was well organized and ran smoothly providing a special afternoon for everyone who attended.
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