HOPEDALE - Plans that started in January for a summer Community Days event came off quite well for the committee of Dana McIntosh, Mike Moore, Linda Moore, Donna Runt and Lana and Tonya Case on Saturday.
The day started off with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the committee. The Unionport Grange was the sponsor of the luncheon, and the Hopedale Post 682 grilled up the barbecued chicken.
A car show was held, games for children were available and vendors were on the lot or inside the fire department social hall, where the event was centered.
A parade was led by Joe Meyers, Harrison County sheriff. The Ohio 277 Color Guard-Civil Air Patrol and Hopedale American Legion Color Guard marched throughout the town and ended at the fire house. Harrison Central cheerleaders and the school's girls softball team, Sean Hervey's baseball team, fire trucks from nearby communities and a float carrying Bridget Tipton, the Community Days princess, were included.
Parade winners were Moorefield Township Fire Department, traveling the farthest; Unionport pumper, 1,250 gallons and up; Scio pumper, best 1,000 and under; and Unionport, best tanker.
The float belonging to the Community Days princess won the float entry. The Pretty in Pink walking unit won best walking unit.
The classic car winner was a 1999 Corvette. The off-road vehicle winner was an alcohol-fueled Jeep for off-the-road racing and will participate in the Jefferson County Fair.
The golf cart winner was the B.P. Carson entry. ATV riders were Zane Carson, age 6 and under; Ava Carson, 8-12; and Wes Philipson, 16 and up. The Smithfield Fire Department got the judges' choice win.
"This was a nice family weekend. I saw people come together who never did before. It is a win for everybody," Moore said. of the entire day.
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