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Citizens celebrate ‘Warrensburg Day’ with gusto

Girl Scouts from Warrensburg wave at spectators lining the street as their float moves through town during a parade held July 4 during ‘Warrensburg Day’ festivities.

Girl Scouts from Warrensburg wave at spectators lining the street as their float moves through town during a parade held July 4 during ‘Warrensburg Day’ festivities.

— Citizens of the town of Warrensburg celebrated their heritage in style Thursday July 4 as they participated in Warrensburg Day in observance of the town’s 200th birthday.

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Photo by Barbara Whitford

The float sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society moves past parade spectators on Elm St. during the ‘Warrensburg Day’ celebration held July 4. This prize-winning creation featured a model of the town’s premier landmark, the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand as well as a giant birthday cake. The replica was built by Rick Lathrop of Warrensburg.

The celebration featured the most extensive and festive parade held in the town over the last several decades, as well as family activities and historical displays that followed at the town recreation field.

The parade included a 12-foot-tall Yankee Doodle Dandy character, various floats by community groups and organizations, and a procession of antique cars. Featured in the parade were Hoddy Ovitt and Jim Davis, playing their locally-bred mountain music as they rode in a hay wagon provided by Thousand Acres Ranch.

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Photo by Barbara Whitford

Todd Olden of Our Simple Life Farm in Warrensburg coaxes his mules down Elm St. as he gives friends and neighbors a wagon ride in the Warrensburg Day parade held July 4 to celebrate the town's bicentennial.

Local seniors rode in vehicles as a reminder of the town’s ongoing heritage, organizers said. The parade also featured the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. in formal attire and Warrensburg Emergency Squad, along with other local organizations.

The procession was routed down Elm Street, past the judges Tom and Teresa Lloyd and Amy Langworthy, who were situated in lawn chairs on the Lloyd’s Elm St. driveway. Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, long-time president of the fire company, served as Grand Marshal for the procession. He rode in the company’s 1936 Ford fire truck. Local firefighters pulled their antique 1878 chemical cart in the parade.

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Kurt Arnold, 2, of Warrensburg pitches a tennis ball toward a target — under the watchful eye of his sister Kyla, 6 — during activities offered at Warrensburg Day on July 4. The event, celebrating the town’s bicentennial, was well attended.

The judges awarded the Warrensburg firefighters as “Best Dressed,” The American Legion float as “Most Patriotic,” the United Methodist Church float as “Most Original,” and the float bearing Girl Scouts as “Cutest.”

The prize-winning float sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society featured a model of the town’s premier landmark, the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand as well as a giant birthday cake. The replica was built by Rick Lathrop of Warrensburg.

The highlight of the celebration at the recreation field was the presentation of two large celebratory bicentennial cakes baked by Judy Pennock with ingredients donated by Lazy River Farms.

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