It’s a Bannertown weekend

Members of Studio A Dance in Mayfield make dance moves as they walk in the town’s 41st annual Bannertown Parade Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

MAYFIELD — Town resident Ed Soltner said he showed up to watch the 41st annual Bannertown Parade Saturday because he likes “the noise, the sirens.”

“It keeps me awake and gets me out of the house,” he said tongue-in-cheek from his lawn chair.

Unfortunately for Soltner, there weren’t a lot of horns, sirens and other assorted noise, just a solitary bagpiping by Misha Murdoch of Amsterdam.

A lot of people came out with children, whose primary focus seemed to be grabbing up candy thrown from the fire trucks and floats. Mayor Jamie Wade got a definite response when he asked, “Are you ready for some candy?”

Norman Brick of Johnstown said he came to the parade to “spend time with my daughter.” His daughter, Rayne, said she most liked “the doggie.” She was referring to the police dog Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino was walking with a leash. Groups of children were petting the dog as he went by.

Wally Karp of Wally’s Driftwood Park and Marina was the parade’s grand marshal and was driven in a small fire truck by Phlan Hart. The mayor said Karp was being honored for his many years of fundraising for the community.

Alicia Baker of Northville said she liked “the floats, everything.”

Boy Scouts from Troop 53, Pack 53, of Mayfield marched while girls from Studio A Dance of Mayfield danced as they walked, with the older girls upfront and the littler ones behind.

Bottles and Brushes Core Fit of Mayfield showed how drumming on gym balls can give you an aerobic workout.

The Broadalbin-Perth Lions Club, which is raising funds for the weekend backpack food program for needy children, marched with its banner.

John Becker, president of the Mayfield Firemen’s Association, said the association runs the parade and fair to raise money for the association and for school programs. He also said the fair and parade are “a big Mayfield High School reunion every year.”

While the mayor was emcee for the parade, Melissa Berlin was parade coordinator, working to line up the participants at the junior-senior high school before the parade.

By Patricia Older

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