2014 Antique Festival Parade

2014 Antique Festival Parade

 

2014 Antique Festival Parade

by Bonny Huelga

The Millersburg Glass Association was well represented at the Antique Festival this year.  We had the Meet and Greet for members at the Hotel Millersburg on Friday, the courthouse lawn auction on Saturday, and an entry in the grand parade on Sunday.

As with most Antique Festival Parade days, this one was no different as to the weather.  It was overcast with gusty breezes and a high temperature in the low 50’s.  Fortunately, the chances of rain were slight making it favorable for the bands, floats, visiting queens, and walkers.  No winter parkas or rain gear were necessary this year.

My father, Ron Brenly, retired from the Holmes County Highway Department and took on part time jobs along with working the family farm.  In the past few years, he rekindled a family skill of wood crafting.  He has built furniture, crafted pens, created children’s toys, and made a lot of plate stands for my husband.  To date, his largest mechanical creation is the horseless carriage.  He built it with no plans, just imagination and craftsmanship.  A neighborhood friend, Roman D.J., helped with some mechanical and welding issues and my mom, Edna, did the custom sewing.  EBay was a value resource for finding some of the accessories.  In order to represent the glass association, my dad built a trailer to pull behind the little car.  The trailer has a framed 3′ x 3′ sign.  My parents and I spent one evening with black Sharpie markers coloring in the block letters for the sign.

On the day of the parade, my parents and my sister, Traci Bultemeier, and her two boys, Wyatt and Luke, transported the little car to Millersburg.  Traci brought a red wagon to haul the candy we had to toss to folks along the parade route.  We also hauled Luke in the wagon, his job was to guard the treats.  Wyatt rode in the horseless carriage with his grandpa.  Mom and Traci and I walked behind, pulling the wagon and doling out Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum, and suckers.  My husband, Skip, ferried us to the beginning of the parade route and gathered us up again at the end.  It was a lot of work to organize but we all had fun and the day turned out wonderfully.

 

Edna, Wyatt and Luke

Edna, Wyatt and Luke

 

Waiting for the parade to start.

Waiting for the parade to start.

 

Guarding the treats

Guarding the treats

 

In the parade line up

In the parade line up

 

Waiting for the start and making sure the treats are good.

Waiting for the start and making sure the treats are good.

 

Traci, Luke and Wyatt loading up at the end of the parade

Traci, Luke and Wyatt loading up at the end of the parade