A Fair Parade

MAYFIELD – Dogs, horses, a cow and fairies were in the village to entertain the crowd during the 38th annual Bannertown Fair parade Saturday.

More than 100 hundred people waited along the parade route to check out the action. The corner of School Street and Main Street proved to be a popular spot, as parade attendees could listen to master of ceremonies Ray Tylutki’s comments on the parade.

More than 20 different units took part in this year’s parade, which traveled from Mayfield High School to the village barn.

Tylutki said this was the largest parade he had seen in his roughly five years of MC-ing the event.

“I’m excited; I love coming to do this,” he said.

He said this year’s crowd was wonderful as well. He cited the nice weather as a booster for the event.

He said the people putting on the event did a great job this year getting a large number of entries into the parade. He said they had passion for what they were doing.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and its K-9 and color guard units kicked off this year’s march. Several area fire departments, including Meco, Wells and Mohawk, also made appearances.

Former village historian Betty Tabor was given a place of honor in the parade. As this year’s grand marshal, she got to ride on the back of an antique fire truck.

Senator Hugh T. Farley marched in the parade, greeting viewers. The Twisters Cheersquad performed gymnastics and cheer lifts.

Sisters Leah and Bella Lawrence of Mayfield, dressed as a fairy and prairie girl, respectively, got a chance to take part in this year’s event with the Creative Expressions by Corefit unit. The girls both said marching in the parade was a fun experience. After marching, they got a chance to take in some of the parade with their family.

Bella Lawrence said she preferred the more than a dozen horses who made their way along the route, while Leah Lawrence said she liked seeing Miss Fulton County and the other “princesses.”

Parade viewers also walked away with some free items, such as candy thrown from fire trucks and free beverage koozies. Mayfield Elementary School also gave out free books to children in attendance as part of the Read 25 program.

Michelle Becker of Providence, Saratoga County, said the book giveaway was her favorite part of the parade. She came to the event with her family and said the parade was a wonderful event.

The event was scheduled to continue into the evening with carnival rides and live music. The fair was set to end Saturday with a fireworks display.