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“Heroes And Legends” Is The Theme Of This Year’s 4th Of July Parade In Berlin

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

By Doug La Rocque

With another great day provided by Mother Nature, hundreds again lined the parade route to watch the annual Berlin 4th of July parade, and once again the parade committee and the participants met all expectations.[Private]

The float which won the Grand Prize – “God And Heroes,” by the Grafton Baptist Church.
Photo by Doug La Rocque

Heroes and Legends was the decorative theme of most of the floats, that combined with marchers from the Berlin American Legion and the Grafton VFW post, various fire apparatus, business entries, the Berlin Elementary School and High School Band, as well as a number of classic cars.

The perennially popular Pie A La Mode sale by the Berlin Free Town library was a busy place on the day of the parade. Photo by Doug La Rocque

The list of each category’s winners is below.  In all, there were representatives from Berlin, Petersburgh, Grafton,

Stephentown and West Sand Lake.  Hoosick Falls and Hoosick units, who normally march in the parade, were busy this year with flood recovery efforts.

Funniest prize 1st place winner, “the Batmobile” by the Hammersmith Family. Photo by Doug La Rocque

Grand Prize – “God and Heroes” by the Grafton Baptist Church

Theme Prize, – “Willie” by the Oswald Family.  Second Prize, Heroes in Science “Albert Einstein by the Vacation Bible School of the 7th Day Baptist Church.

Funniest Prize – “The Batmobile” by the Hammersmith Family.  Second Prize, “Heroes on Vacation” by the Maxon family.

Prettiest Prize – “Heroes of the Past and Present” by the Berlin Elementary School.  Second Prize “We can be Heroes” by the Girl Scout Troop # 1317

Business Best – “Veterans” by Burdick Excavating

Marching Groups – The 4H Club

Trucks – First Prize – George Dahl, “79” Military Vehicle.  Second Prize – John Ray oil truck (supporting breast cancer)
Automobiles – Antique.  First Prize Don Paulson’s 1930 Chevy.  Second Prize Walter Walters 1939 Chevy

Rensselaer County Fire Coordinator Ivan Wager sitting in the Berlin Fire Department’s newly refurbished 1934 Dodge Fire Truck, holding the plaque for Best Appearing Fire Company. Restoration of the truck was completed by Bob Adler of Stephentown.

Automobiles – Classic/Modified.  First Prize Edward Seagroatt’s 1934 Ford Pickup.  Second Place Michael O’Brien’s 1950 Mercury

Fire Company Best Appearing – Berlin Volunteer Fire Company
Most in Line – Petersburgh Volunteer Fire Company
Horseback Riders – First Prize Fronia “Red, White and Blue”.  Second Prize Peanut Butter “Super Girl”[/Private]


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