County 4-H parade was "best as they come"
For 87-year-old Bill Ringger, there was no question about the success of Tuesday nightâ€™s 4-H Parade in Monroe. It was, â€œthe best as they come.â€
â€œWe have a lot of family out here. I wouldnâ€™t miss it for anything,â€ said Ringger, who along with his wife Marge, donâ€™t remember how many fairs and parades they have attended.
â€œWe went to different fairs back when we were dating and weâ€™ve been married for 65 years; that says something,â€ said Ringger. â€œOf course, we used to go to the Bluffton fair a lot when we were younger.â€
The Ringgers, who live southwest of Monroe, were caught up in this yearâ€™s event due to the involvement of grandchildren in the Adams County 4-H program.
â€œWe all get together as a family; we have a ball,â€ said Ringger. â€œWe have a lot of fun picking up candy.â€
Conner Dager lives in Monroeville, but travels to the Union Working Pals 4-H Club in Adams County for his involvement. He noted that this was his first year to be in 4-H and his first year to ride on a float in a parade.
â€œIt was a lot of fun,â€ said Dager. â€œI was surprised to see all of the people. Everyone was waving as we went by.â€
As always, this yearâ€™s parade was one of the largest parades in the county for the year. Once again, it passed Adams Central High School, Zurcher Tire, Country Corner Deli, Monroe Grain and Feed, the post office, and traveled through the downtown business area.
The large crowd stood in reverence, many with their hands over their hearts as a large contingent of those representing various branches of the military passed by to lead the procession.
Following the proud display of various county fire trucks and law enforcement, floats representing county clubs, bands, various civic organizations, and other community and business interests kept the crowd at bay for nearly an hour.
â€œSmile Joanne,â€ shouted one individual taking a picture.
One seven-year-old girl was heard to shout, â€œLook there, I havenâ€™t seen her in years.â€
As a float passed playing the YMCA song, many of the crowd members did the motions of the favorite pop song from the late 80â€™s and early 90â€™s.
For many, one of the most exciting aspects of the parade is the friendships that are rekindled along the sidelines as the parade passes.
â€œItâ€™s always nice to see and get together with good friends,â€ noted Dave and Trella Meyer of Decatur.
Ringger admitted that aside from his family interest, he always enjoys seeing people that he hadnâ€™t seen for awhile.
â€œThis is really good for bringing people together,â€ Ringger said. â€œI saw people today I havenâ€™t seen in two years. Itâ€™s always good to see friends from way back.â€
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