Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sparta Days Parade

There is nothing like a good parade, and if there isn't one in Alpine Township, you can at least enjoy the one presented by your good neighbors in Sparta.  Saturday afternoon was just a perfect day to watch a parade, and be thankful you were there just to watch, and not have to participate in the activities.  Sparta put on a wonderful parade, and there were some ties to Alpine Township as well.

Sparta Days is now a national event, with participants coming from all over the United States.  The couple on the right is from Columbus Ohio and came to participate in the K5 run.  The young lady on the left is from Pinkney,Michigan and was the first placewinner in the 65+ Division.
This bronze axe belongs to the Alpine Township Honor Guard and  is demonstrated here by Deputy Fire Chief Mike Lasko
Alpine Township Honor Guard

.   Alpine Township is proud of its on-call Fire Department personnel

Sparta Santa Claus must have his parades mixed up

At least Smokey the Bear has it right

82 year old Mr. Siewicki, long time Alpine Township resident, enjoying the parade

Kent County Sheriff's Posse

Sparta Library Mascott's spring being wound up

Lots of political candidates were present.  Here's a new twist....candidates bring their own babies to be kisssed.

Former Kent County Commissioner and Alpine Township resident Fritz Wahlfield and his wife Marlene were pleased to still be invited to participate in the parade.
Shelly Wahlfield

Our favorite sax player from Sparta Township

Members of the Sparta High School Band.

Not sure who these clowns represented but they were cute

Canon Township Supervisor Pete MacGregor, candidate, 73rd District, with wife Christine

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