Photo by Sharyn Cornelius: The highlight of Whitmore’s Mountain Fair Parade was the fl oat entry from the Whitmore Union Elementary School District. With governing board members and Superintendent George De Fillipo riding in the back of the towing vehicle, the school’s sixteen children accompanied by their music teacher Sara Rogers entertained the spectators by singing a series of patriotic songs, including those from all four branches of the armed services.
By Sharyn Cornelius
With the dawning of a beautiful day on Saturday, May 21, 2011, Whitmore residents turned out in force to participate in the annual Mountain Fair Parade or to cheer on those who did. This year’s parade drew 16 entries, including four floats and one mini-float—a wagon pulled by a dog carrying children from the Grace Baptist Church Sunday School. Very cute!
Also unusual this year was the mounted color guard, consisting of flag-bearer Chuck Brehmer riding Bucket, flanked by Emily Nicora on Liberty and Vickie Sands on Abby. Grand Marshalls for the parade were Art and Gayle Tillis, escorted by Bernard and Barbara Helms of Flue Season.
The parade provided several treats for music lovers. First to pass by the reviewing stand was “Shingletown Bound,” a very talented and well-rehearsed fiddle and vocal group that will be presenting a free benefit concert at 1:00 p.m. on June 4 at Up Country Gardens in Shingletown.
The other musical group was the student body of Whitmore School, which entertained the crowd at the reviewing stand for almost ten minutes singing patriotic songs and armed forces anthems. Music teacher Sara Rogers sat on the ground in front of the float to conduct so as not to interfere with those taking photographs. (The school will probably hold a fundraiser later this year to keep its music program going despite state budget cuts. Let’s all support it and bring Rogers back for another year. She’s a keeper, for sure.)
Another real treat for parade-goers was the entry of two beautifully restored early-twentieth century Chevrolet trucks—a 1936 logging truck owned by Chris Pope and a 1946 cattle truck owned by Dick and Thelma Williams. One could well imagine them rumbling over Whitmore’s dirt roads hauling logs to a lumber mill or cattle to a slaughterhouse.
The parade winners were: Best Vehicle–Dennis and Denise Strawn’s 1915 Dodge Touring Car; Best Walking Group—Shingletown Bound; Best float–Whitmore School; Best Animal Entry— Tara Allen and her gaited Paso mare, Miss Bonita.
After the parade visitors to the Mountain Fair shopped at the arts and crafts booth, bid on silent auction items, listened to musical entertainment, and watched the various competitions. Among the most entertaining of these was the greased pole put up by the Friends of the Cow Creek which kids attempted to climb to earn the $10 prize. When no one was even able to get off the ground at first, the organizers wiped the grease off the pole as best they could and boosted climbers as far up the pole as they could reach. Jesse Stitch eventually claimed the $10 prize.
Other contest winners were: Basketball Shootout–Jesse Stitch; Hole in One Golf–Chuck K.; Horse Shoe Tournament–Alan Rumbaugh.
The Car Show Winners were: Kids’ choice–Mike Wiley’s 2007 Russian Ural with sidecar; Best Truck–1936 Chevy logging truck owned by Dick and Thelma Williams; Best Car–Raymond Pittam’s vintage race car; and Best Bike–2005 Harley owned by Sue Cole.