Big crowd for Fall Fest pa­rade

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The sud­denly chilly weather didn’t de­ter hun­dreds from lin­ing the streets on Satur­day morn­ing to take in the fifth an­nual Delhi Fall Fest pa­rade.

Coat- and sweater-clad chil­dren watched the floats, minia­ture Shiner cars, dec­o­rated trac­tors and ATVs and other at­trac­tions pass by and ran to col­lect hand­fuls of candy thrown by pa­rade par­tic­i­pants.

“It’s our lit­tle fair,” said Del­hi­born Rose Walsh.

Walsh said she has at­tended a com­mu­nity pa­rade for at least 35 years. Be­fore Fall Fest there was the Delhi Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

“There is al­ways at pa­rade and it’s al­ways at 11 a.m.,” said Walsh, who was with her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren on Satur­day. “It’s a fam­ily tra­di­tion. We al­ways park here (at Church and James streets) in front of the Delhi Mini Mart.

“It’s nice to see lo­cal busi­nesses go through (in the pa­rade). You’ve got to sup­port your lit­tle town.”

Paul Mur­ray, a mem­ber of the event’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, said that is the goal of Fall Fest – to bring fam­i­lies to­gether to have some fun.

As many as 5,000 peo­ple were ex­pected to en­joy the fes­ti­val, which spanned Fri­day to Sun­day, kick­ing off with an open­ing cer­e­mony, live mu­sic and a beer gar­den at the Delhi Pol­ish Hall.

“I love the pa­rade, I love the mu­sic, the march­ing bands,” said Maghen Clif­ford who grew up in Delhi but now lives in Wood­stock. “We go to pa­rades in Wood­stock, as well. But this one is spe­cial.”

This year’s event in­cluded a mo­tor­cy­cle show and shine, car­ni­val rides and ven­dors who lined the down­town.

Tak­ing the stage on Satur­day was Lang­ton-based coun­try mu­sic band Small Town Girls, fea­tur­ing Ha­ley, Hannah and Cassie Van Maele, who have toured with Canadian singer­song­writer Brett Kis­sel. Among the other mu­si­cal acts were Matt Racher, Whistler Creek, Dharma Road Band, King Cashew, Alan DeLaet, Dave Ko­vacs Band, and Joan Min­nery’s Sivle Band.

There was also a baby con­test, a kids’ dance-off, and a Clas­sic Cham­pi­onship Wrestling Show.

Vol­un­teers from the Fall Fest or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee were sell­ing tick­ets for a chance to win do­nated prizes.

“I grew up here,” said Angie Grant, who was tak­ing a turn at ticket sales. “I like that ev­ery­thing is lo­cal and that you’re sup­port­ing the town.”

DELHI NEWS-RECORD

Haldimand Nor­folk MPP Toby Bar­rett rides a trac­tor on Satur­day dur­ing the Delhi Fall Fest pa­rade.

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