Big Parade Is ‘World Of Pure Imagination’

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After a year lost to the pandemic, the Old Settlers Big Parade sprang back to life with vigor and excitement as it winded its way through the streets of downtown Hillsboro on Thursday, Aug. 5.

This year’s Big Parade, themed “A World of Pure Imagination,” was 100 entries long, including marching bands and floats, first responders and veterans, horses and hitches, new cars and new boats, antique cars and antique tractors, politicians and Shriners, and royalty from throughout Montgomery County as well as Macoupin, Bond, Christian and Shelby Counties.

The top floats in five classes earned cash prizes.  In the Religious class, Litchfield Knights of Columbus was first, St. Agnes Catholic Church in Hillsboro second, and Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro third.

The Fenton and Reitz families won first place in the Family category with their winning Kiddie Parade entry, and Citizens for Immunization was second.

Hells Burrow, the folks who do the annual haunted house on the east side of Hillsboro, won first place in the Business class, FastFlo was second, and Fusion Fitness and Aquatics earned third.

Hillsboro Junior High School cheerleaders won first in the Youth Organization class, Starr Shooters 4-H was second, and the Hillsboro High School fishing club was third.

In the Adult Organization class, the Glenn Shoals Lake Club was first, Shags Vintage in Hillsboro was second, and the HHS class of 1980 earned third place.

Winners may call Susie Galer at 217-710-6384 to arrange to pick up their prizes.

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