The suddenly chilly weather didn’t deter hundreds from lining the streets on Saturday morning to take in the 5th annual Delhi Fall Fest parade.
Coat- and sweater-clad children watched the floats, miniature Shriner cars, decorated tractors and ATVs and other attractions pass by and ran to collect handfuls of candy thrown by parade participants.
“It’s our little fair,” said Delhi-born Rose Walsh.
Walsh said she has attended a community parade for at least 35 years. Before Fall Fest there was the Delhi Harvest Festival.
“There is always a parade and it’s always at 11 a.m.,” said Walsh, who was with her children and grandchildren on Saturday. “It’s a family tradition. We always park here (at Church and James streets) in front of the Delhi Mini Mart.
“It’s nice to see local businesses go through (in the parade). You’ve got to support your little town.”
Paul Murray, a member of the event’s organizing committee, said that is the goal of Fall Fest – to bring families together to have some fun.
As many as 5,000 people were expected to enjoy the festival, which spanned Friday to Sunday, kicking off with an opening ceremony, live music and a beer garden at the Delhi Polish Hall.
“I love the parade, I love the music, the marching bands,” said Maghen Clifford, who grew up in Delhi but now lives in Woodstock. “We go to parades in Woodstock, as well. But this one is special.”
This year’s event included a motorcycle show and shine, carnival rides and vendors who lined the downtown.
Taking the stage on Saturday was Langton-based country music band Small Town Girls, featuring Haley, Hannah and Cassie Van Maele, who have toured with Canadian singer-songwriter Brett Kissel. Among the other musical acts were Matt Racher, Whistler Creek, Dharma Road Band, King Cashew, Alan DeLaet, Dave Kovacs Band, and Joan Minnery’s Sivle Band.
There was also a baby contest, a kids’ dance-off, and a Classic Championship Wrestling Show.
Volunteers from the Fall Fest organizing committee were selling tickets for a chance to win donated prizes.
“I grew up here,” said Angie Grant, who was taking a turn at ticket sales. “I like that everything is local and that you’re supporting the town.”