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Nice Weather Brings Out Big Crowd for Patoka Fall Festival Parade

September 6, 2016

A float with the Patoka Warrior theme and t-pee took first place in the 2016 Patoka Fall Festival Parade. It was entered by Stephanie Spicer, Lura Thompson, and Courtney Phelps. The theme this year was ‘Warrior Nation’.

Festival Committee member Susie Walker was pleased with the numbers who turned out not only in the parade but later for activities in the park.

“Of course the weather helps with the crowd. It’s been going on many, many years. I’ve heard this is a big Homecoming year. This has been going on since I was a little kid. Always the big day of the year for Patoka,” said Walker.

The Centralia Elks with their large U.S. 50 that was carried down the parade route won the award for Most Patriotic. The First National Bank took the prize for most colorful. The Towler Family entry featuring angry birds won for most creative. The Mayor’s Choice went to Butch and Susan Landreth.

In the Kids Float Division, The Kindergarten Class Float featuring basketball players and cheerleaders won for Best Theme. Gwen Belcher and Tune Trucking’s entry won for Most Colorful.

Max Ehrat won for best Antique Tractor. Yancy Goodin was first and Tyler Hall second in the Show Car division. Jolynn Garrett and kids and their dog Scooby won for Best Dressed Pet and Owner. Liz Robb was second in the category. The Spirit Award was presented to Studio 50. In the Kids Bikes division, Lexi Gray took first, Bella Pearce was second and Ave Sturgeon third. In the Wild Card division, Paul and Jack Adams dressed as a St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Cub took first and Zane Montes was second.

In the Best Dressed Cowboy competition, Evan Meier took first. Jessa Thalman was named Best Dressed Cowgirl. Liv Torrence won for Best Dressed Indian.

In the Adult Best Dressed Horse and Rider division, Madisen Torrence took first, Russell Adams second and Tammy Adams 3rd. In the Kids Best Dressed Horse and Rider, Landon Robb was first, Lauren Robb second and Riley Hassebrock third. In the Best Dressed Horse and Hitch, the Nattier’s were first and John and Eli Roberts was second.

The Patoka Fall Festival Demolition Derby highlighted the Saturday night entertainment. The first place winner in the Stock Class was Justin Diss, who also won best of show. Andy Diss was second and Cody Simonton 3rd. In the Kicker Class, Jacob Reed was first, Douglas Jennings 2nd, and Tyler Powless third. In the Mini Class, Jacob Worley took the top prize. Josh Patten took second and Jeremy Patten third.

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