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Bud The Spud in Alberton Parade
8/1/2001



ALBERTON - Tossing buckets of water onto their "fire" and onto the occasional spectator, Alberton volunteer fire fighters rode along the Prince County Exhibition's parade route Saturday morning in Alberton taking some of the heat out of summer.

Their float celebrated 125 years of fire fighting service in Alberton and observed the parade's theme, 75 Years of Volunteers. For their efforts, the fire fighters picked up awards for most amusing and most best depicting the theme.

The parade attracted around 85 entries and judges Vaunda Richard, Mary Bernard and Const. M.J. Homsey had their work cut out for them selecting winners.

Held a little earlier in the day than normal, the parade was greeted with slightly overcast sky, which made the event quite comfortable for the spectators.

EARLIER START TIME

The earlier-than-normal start, however, probably helps explain why attendance at the parade appeared to be lighter than normal. If attendance at the parade was down, it wasn't reflected at exhibition grounds later in the day. Indeed weather conditions were wonderful for the exhibition all weekend and people flooded through the admission gates all three days.

Joining Alberton Fire Department as parade winners were W.P. Griffin Inc. for best agricultural float, Milligan's Fisheries and Northport Towing for best business float and runner-up business float respectively, Red Oak Shrine Club for best volunteer float, the Young Environmentalists for best youth float, Elmsdale Church of the Nazarene for best community float and the Phillips Residence for best institutional float.

The Tignish Air Cadets had the best marching unit. Walter Adams' 1952 Ford truck was judged to be the best antique vehicle.

Going hand-in-hand with the parade and the exhibition was a store decorating contest. Saunders' Variety was judged to have the best display.

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