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Aug. 19: Annual Children’s Parade kicks off the Chelsea Community Fair

File photo. Mitchell Dickenson, 10, Madison Brodeur, 10, Hanna Brodeur, 13, at the Kiddie Parade.
File photo. Mitchell Dickenson, 10, Madison Brodeur, 10, Hanna Brodeur, 13, at a previous Children’s Parade in the Common Grill parking lot.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Sam Vogel, superintendent, for the information in this story.)

As has been the tradition for over four decades, the Chelsea Community Fair will kick off with the
Children’s Fair Parade on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the parking lot behind the Common Grill, and the parade is open to all children, ages 3–12 years. They will ride and walk from downtown Chelsea to the fairgrounds. Many kids decorate their bikes and haul decorated wagons or dress up as characters for the parade. When the kids enter the fair through the lower gate, games and other activities await their arrival at the Main Arena.

Children and adults should meet at the lower fair gate, which has blue flags.

The event is organized and sponsored by the Chelsea Kiwanis Club and the Chelsea High School Key Club.

The parade lineup will form in the lot behind the Common Grill and proceed west on West Middle Street to Grant Street where the parade will turn left. From there, the group will proceed to Pierce Street and turn right on Taylor Street. The parade will cross Old US-12 and proceed down Chelsea-Manchester Road to the lower gate and into the fairgrounds. The lower gate is used to alleviate some of the crowds that form at the front gate.

Parents can meet children and pick them up in the shopping center lot. It is important for safety that kids clear Chelsea-Manchester Road as soon as possible as the police will only close it for the arrival of the parade.

The 2013 Fair Queen Morgan Kern and the expected six 2014 fair queen candidates will lead the parade along with the Beach Middle School Marching Band. Parents are reminded that for the safety of everyone, they should walk with younger children in the parade.

No gas powered vehicles or horses are allowed to intermingle with the children during the parade. Kids may ride small battery powered vehicles, however no gas powered vehicles may be ridden by kids in the parade.

Parents with questions can contact Sam Vogel at 475-7831.

There are also premiums for the entrants, ($6, $5, $4) for 1-3 placements, which are divided into four classes.

  • 3-5 years olds and parents are requested to walk with their young children in the parade.
  • 6-8 year olds
  • 9-12 year olds
  • Miscellaneous, mixed ages

All children taking part in the parade will receive a ride ticket good for one ride at the fair.

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