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Sesquicentennial Parade Has More Than 60 Entries

Mari Yoder, president of the Archbold Rotary Club, said as of Monday, June 20, there are more than 60 entries for the Archbold Sesquicentennial Parade.

“A lot have come in, in the last 10 days,” she said.

The parade is divided into three 50-year periods.

The first 50-year period, from 1866 to 1915, has the smallest number of entries, but Yoder said a lot of the businesses and other things that are here now weren’t established then.

“But, I’m pleased to see things are pretty evenly spaced in the next two segments,” she said.

The parade starts with the color guard from the Archbold American Legion Post 311 and the Archbold High School Marching Band.

In addition to the AHS band, the Bud Widmer Rube Band from Bryan will march in the parade.

Yoder said there also are “quite a few” antique tractor owners who have signed up to be in the parade.

Many area businesses are involved in the parade, including mascots such as the “Dum Dum Drum Man” from Spangler Candies.

Yoder noted the Dum Dum Drum Man was introduced by the company about 50 years ago.

Other groups include the Tri County Red Hats, Archbold Community Library, and St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, which is also celebrating its Sesquicentennial.

Fire departments from Archbold, Fayette, and Wauseon have entered equipment.

Another is a group of highwheel bicycle enthusiasts.

Yoder previously served as director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, and had put on the annual Festival of Lights Parade.

Based on the experience, she estimated it takes about an hour for a 60-unit parade to pass viewers.

The Rotary Club is shooting for the Sesquicentennial parade to last about 90 minutes, “so we still have room for a few more” entries, she said.

“I hope we don’t have to turn anyone away.”

She is looking for more musical entries.

Even if it’s just a sound system installed on a float, she said right now, the parade needs “more fun music.”

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