By Clara Glendale | Beacon downsizing survivor
Bass Lake Fest-of-Summerfest Festival opens this week.
A parade is the main attraction on day 1 at the mostly-annual event, formerly known as Pre-Mid-Summer Festival Week Days. It commences at one end of Main Street Avenue and continues to the other end.
Tentative, partial parade lineup:
- Ear-piercing siren noise (emitted from fire truck)
- Loud siren last (miscellaneous)
- People on horseback, holding various flags
- Helpers with shovels
- People wielding flags, but on-foot
- Classic convertible, transporting Mayor Forrest Bunkard
- Other local dignitaries, in slightly less-impressive vehicles
- Insane Stilt Posse
- Clem Brickston tribute float
- Bass Lake High School marching band, decked-out in Hawai’ian shirts/leis, not official uniforms, because those things get super-hot in August
- Candy-Tossers Anonymous
- Guy driving vintage tractor
- Another guy driving vintage tractor, with child riding upon lap
- Yet another person driving tractor, but it’s a recent model, so nobody cares
- Float: Bass Lake Sidewalk Merchants
- Baby-Stroller Patrol
- Float (using pickup truck) St. Methodist Catholic Church
- Some large gadget
- Men wearing tassel-hats, driving tiny cars in tight circles
- Float: Queen of Bass Lake, along with selected runners-up
- Monster truck!
- Float: Cottage Cheese Emporium
- Nearbytown High School varsity summertime marching band
For a complete parade lineup, see if it’s available at the festival’s Facebook page, if it exists.
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