This Saturday, August 13 marks the 102nd anniversary of the city of Athol's existence. As every year, there will be a street parade, narrated by yours truly. The parade starts at 10:00 am with line up at 9:00 am. Following the parade will be the party in the park.
A new twist this year, will be the addition of a Grand Marshall. Chosen for the first so honored, is Kootenai County Deputy, David Dunkin, formerly the beat cop for Athol and Bayview. Contacted for comment was Major Ben Wolfinger who was thrilled that one of his officers was able to enforce the law and maintain good community relations as well. His comment was, "way cool." Deputy Dunkin is now training officer for the department, for the above noted reasons.
Folks interested in entering the parade, becoming a vendor or a contestant, must register with Sally Hansen, city clerk. 208-683-2101. There is no entry fee for the parade or contest entries.
Some of the activities following the parade will be Camel Rides, money in the straw, with over $500 to be hidden in a large bed of straw. Hmm. May need Deputy Dunkin to enforce the law with that much money at stake. Other stuff is a skateboard contest hosted by Pyramid Skate Shop, a pie baking contest, cute baby contest, (must be under 2 years of age) Big Picture Photography a cake walk, dunk tank, both live and silent auction. Entertainment will be organized by Darla's Dance & Drama.
Victory Auto Parts is holding a classic car competition following the parade. Rudy Rudebaugh, owner, also provides the fantastic sound system for the parade. The overall theme for this year is "All About Kids."
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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