After a summer of clear skies Mother Nature chose to break her dry spell at the same time that the Clarke County Homecoming Parade stepped off down Main Street in Berryville yesterday. Despite the light rain spirits were not dampened. Citizens lined the sidewalks to cheer for student athletes, beauty queens and band members while children scooped up handfuls of candy hurled by the marchers.
“I’m waiting to get some candy” said six year old Zachary Palmer. Zachary and his family were huddled under the tailgate of the family’s vehicle trying to stay dry. Light to moderate rain began falling in Clarke County around 2:00 pm and continued for much of the evening.
Yesterday’s parade was a huge success by any and all measures; The Clarke County High School Band sounded awesome, the football team looked fearsome and the beauty queens were radiant. All tractors, trucks and fire engines performed well. Berryville police and firemen were well represented at the event.
Several convertible cars and tractors ignored the wet weather by making their appearance in the drizzle. Special acknowledgements are offered to Jim Stutzman for his unique umbrella covered Corvette rain avoidance strategy and to Jerry Boyles for exposing his vintage red Ford Mustang to the rust inducing rain.
Given the amount of candy distributed during yesterday’s parade there may not necessarily be a need to hand out additional candy on Halloween. Unofficial estimates indicate that approximately 5,000 pieces of candy were thrown for every one parade watcher. Much of the candy was still on Main Street even after the crowd had dispersed raising the possibility that the piles of candy and wrappers might still be there on October 30th.
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