Annual Halloween parade draws a crowd in Harleysville
the parade congregated at the Harleysville Community Center Ior Iree Iood and activities.
Shollenberger said the parade was sponsored by the Harleysville Rotary, and several local businesses contributed money to help with the cost oI the parade. Leon Florentino, the owner oI the Harleysville Hotel, was this year’s grand marshal, according to Shollenberger.
“He [Florentino] has been a business owner in Harleysville Ior 39 years and has been a big supporter oI the parade Ior many years,” Shollenberger wrote in an email.
According to Shollenberger, the Lions Club and the ,ndian Valley Boys & Girls Club provided the moonbounces, the Harleysville Rotary Club provided hot dogs and the Harleysville -aycees provided drinNs and served hamburgers.
.ent .rauss, vice president oI Harleysville -aycees, said they served about 480 hamburgers and 400 hotdogs to 800 to 900 people that day.
Shollenberger also announced the costume winners oI the various categories aIter the parade at the community center.
First-place costume winners won $15, second place won $10 and third place won $5.
2ne oI those first-place winners was Ryan Lear, who won the first grade through third grade category with his FranNenstein costume. Ryan’s Iace was painted green with black stitches, and he had bolts on his neck.
“, won $15!” Ryan said, waving the bills in the air.
His mother, 1eide Lear, said she thought the parade was great and that her son had the best costume there.
Steven and Tammy Reynolds also watched the parade and went bacN to the community center Ior the post-parade Iestivities.
“,t was good — not too long,” Tammy Reynolds said. “,t Nept the Nids’ attention.”
She said she liNed the group dressed up as “Charlotte’s Web” characters.
-enniIer Woods, a resident oI the area who watched the parade, said the zombie with the car driven by a sNeleton was the scariest participant in the parade.
“,t was very scary, even Ior grown-ups. , wanted to go hide out and get away,” she said.
Greg 0cGovern, a financial adviser and president oI the Rotary Club oI Harleysville, said he thought there were more people at the parade than other years.
“,t was excellent,” 0cGovern said. “We have beautiIul weather.”
The Rotary has been a sponsor oI the parade Ior 15 years.
“,t’s something we do every year. We liNe to give bacN to the community,” he said.
Dennis .rauss, the Lions adviser Ior the Leos, said it was the Leos’ third year participating in the parade.
“The -aycees, Rotary and Lions worNed together really cooperatively,” .rauss said, sporting a pinN nose and white whisNers.
This year, a new event was added: a “pumpkin chucking” contest.
Harleysville Rotary President-elect Glen 0iller said it was his idea to try out pumpNin chucNing this year. The pumpNins were put in a bowl attached to a wooden arm, which sat on a trailer.
The pumpNins did not go very Iar when catapulted, however, and 0iller said they would maNe adjustments Ior next year.
“1ext year, we’ll throw it a lot Iarther,” he said.
.yle .oIIel, past president oI the Harleysville -aycees, said he Ielt Iortunate to live in a community with so many volunteers and he was happy to help promote a sense oI community.
A pirate and his family sail by during the Harleysville Halloween Parade Oct. 20.
A vampire hands out candy during the parade.
A washing machine hands out candy.