The display was at times surreal but at the same time lots of fun. This was probably best exemplified by such bizarre sights as an adult-size Dairy Queen vanilla ice cream cone seen dancing alongside a Blizzard cup on top of a DQ float as it passed by.
There were nearly 50 entries in this year’s parade, officials said.
The residents turned out to watch the parade as it began at School Road, proceeded west on Thornton, turned north on Caves Street and returned to the school campus by heading east on Alexander.
There were soap bubbles everywhere; beads and candy tossed in a steady stream to cheering onlookers. Some girls even zipped by on roller skates. Sirens blew mercilessly. Horns honked. And parade participants kept walking at their pre-determined pace.
When it was at an end, many residents said they felt it was a good year for the parade.
“It was good and it was short,” said Lorene Cuevas, who has lived in the area 20 years and was present at the parade with her four grandchildren ages 2, 6, 9 and 11. “I liked it.”
There was candy for everyone. But Lisa Miller, who has attended the parade since she was young, said that’s not always a good thing.
“I really enjoyed the parade, but there is way too much candy for kids,” she said.
Janelle Johnson, who has also lived in the area and seen the parade most of her life, felt the parade was a tad erratic this year.
“It felt discombobulated,” she said.
Meanwhile, winners for the Live Oak County Fair Parade were as follows:
• Commercial Division: Doggie Do’s dog grooming shop won first place with its old West town populated by dogs and their owners. Second place went to River Gypsy Boutique, a relatively new ladies and sportsmen clothing and gift store. Third place was won by the aforementioned Dairy Queens of South Texas float.
• Non-Commercial winners included Brush Cattle Women, first; Oakville Baptist Church, second; and Relay for Life, third.
• The School Division was won by Cancer Kickin’ Cheerleaders of George West. Second place was awarded to the Three Rivers Cheerleaders and third place went to the N.H.L. Christian Learning Center with their float entitled “God Loves Despicable Me.”
• In the Auto Division, James Liska (in a 1938 red Chevrolet Sedan) won first place while the high drive vehicles of Performance Plus Auto Repair took second.