Parade kicks off festival day

Kids Depot Day Care won the float category in Saturday's parade. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

Kids Depot Day Care won the float category in Saturday's parade. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks Photo by Michelle Brooks.

More than 50 floats, bands, trucks, cars, bicycles, motorcycles, clowns and horses paraded up Missouri 87 Saturday morning.

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This army truck featuring a shadow cutout depicting the flag-raising at Iwo Jima won the antique auto category in Saturday's parade. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

The annual tradition of the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival drew young and old to line the sidewalks in anticipation of flying candy, a glimpse of family and friends and seeing the year's unique entries.

The Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year served as Grand Marshals. Citizen Robert Rothstein road in a silver truck and Rackers Manufacturing representatives Charlies and Carol Rackers were aboard a Jeep.

The city's restored, 1954 fire truck, featured on the 2013 festival logo, also had a plae of honor at the front of the parade.

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The Pinto Pride Marching Band represented California High School, taking first place in the festival parade Saturday. Democrat photo/Michelle Brooks

The California High School Pinto Pride Marching Band took first place in their category.

Other category winners were a float of kids with firemen hats and a burning building, an antique Oliver tractor pulling a wagon, and an antique army truck displaying a cutout of the flagraising at Iwo Jima.

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