Submitted by Beverly Murphy
In spite of a little rain the Family Parade left the Barriere High School at 10:30 Monday morning with a little over 50 people participating in this walking parade of kids animals parents and friends. Numbers were down a little this year but the ones who showed up were very enthusiastic. Barrie the Bear and Uncle Chris the Clown kept the crowd amused as they waited on the judges’ deliberation.
The judges this year were our newly crowned Ambassador Jillian McInnes and Vice Ambassador Annie Butcher who found it very difficult to choose from the array of great costumes. After judging, the Ambassadors joined in the parade procession travelling down Barriere Lakes Road into the fairgrounds and ended at the Fall Fair stage where The Thompson Valley Players thanked everyone for participating and handed out prize money.
Here is a list of most of the prize winners: the Special Ribbons were awarded in five categories to Morgan and Mason Wohlgemuth for their Decorated Bicycles as Harley Davidson and Princess Rider. Cowgirl Missy Kjellstrom for her rolling saw horse. Best Decorated Wagon went to Erica Edwards and friends for The unicorn, princess and Monster. Cute little scarecrow Lexi Janzen won in the Best Original Costume. The Best Overall was won By Karter and Kally Christiansen with their Circus Wagons and ring master and clown pulling their jungle animals. Other winners were as follows: 1st place decorated bike with super hero Wolverine was Aiden Murphy, 2nd place Liam Murphy. Best Dressed Cowboys Hunter Janzen 1st, Seth Calihou 2nd, Zander Calihou 3rd. Best dressed Cowgirls Rachel Calihou 1st, Hannah Calihou 2nd. Best Dressed Super Hero Spiderman was Zaccaria William 1st place, Wyatt Mackill 2nd. Best dressed Original Costumes Karrisa William as The Queen, Jenai Frezell as a Pilgrim 2nd, Jody Fraser 3rd. Best Dressed Race Driver Chase Benincasa 1st place, Nelson Fisher 2nd. Best dressed Mermaid was Riley Mackill 1st. Best dressed in a uniform was Policeman Charlie Benicasa 1st, Charlie Benicasa 2nd. Best dressed Cowgirl baton twirler and leader of the parade was Nikki Storey.