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At the Fair: Kiddie Parade rides through town

Mitchell Dickinson, 10, Madison Brodeur, 10, Hanna Brodeur, 13, at the Kiddie Parade.

Long-time Children’s Parade Superintendent Sam Vogel said that in all the years he’s been organizing this popular event, it’s only been cancelled one time.

He said he’s been part of putting on this special Tuesday evening parade during the Chelsea Community Fair for about 30 years and started when he was in Kiwanis and was the High School Key Club adviser.

Don Cole, another Kiwanis member, said he’s been coming to the parade for 20 years and all of his grand kids have participated throughout the years.

“I think it’s fabulous,” he said of the event. “The smiles on the kid’s faces, it just makes this community special.”

Mitchell Dickinson, 10, said he decided to participate because he really likes riding his bike, while Kayle Zanger, 9, was participating in her first kiddie parade. She said she liked flowers and that’s why her bike was decorated with them.

Last year, Helen Chiumino-Knott and her sister, Lauren, were bumble bees, this year the two girls decided they wanted to be butterflies.

Here are a list and some photos from Tuesday’s Kiddie Parade.

3-5 Age group winners
1st place Butterfly Kissses
                Helen, Lauren, and Ann Chiuino-Knott

Helen Chiumino-Knott, 4 and Laruen Chiumino-Knott, 21 months.
2nd place Patriotic Lady
                 Ava Mae and Christina Scripter
3rd place Princess and Prince Charming
                 Peyton and Frannie Myers
                 Owen Pickelsimer
6-8 Age Group winners
1st place  Spaceship and Astronauts
                 Sadie, Zoe Emily, and George
2nd place  Nemo/ Sharkman Aguarium
                 Bunny and Gracelyn
3rd place  Energizer Bunny with Drum
Peyton Myers, 2.

9-12 Age Group Winners

1st place  Humvee Military Vechicle
                Adrian Eder
2nd place Flower Power
                 Ava Saxton
3rd place  Hawaiian Flower Girls
                 Kita Frahm and Kelly McCracken
Mixed Ages Group WInners
1st place  Just Married
                 Steven Bosh and Brooklyn Burns
2nd place Grass Lake Little Warriors
                 Olivia Herman, Hailey and Gabe Proko
3rd place  Library Geeks
                 Chala, Kaden, Libbi, Massimo, and Tavi
4th place   Olympics
                  Molly, Mary, Bret, McKenna, Owen, Beck, Katie, Kayla, Drew, Matthew, and Jack
A few of the Beach Middle School band members.
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