The number of entries in the 100th Springfield Fourth of July Parade was entirely appropriate: 100.
“I think this was a record,” said parade committee member Andrea House. “We usually only have about 70 entries.”
“It got off to a little bit of a late start, but everything went really smoothly,” House continued.
Waterpoint Farm, from Springfield, had a very festive float covered with happy birthday signs. They also played Pharrell Williams’s hit single, “Happy,” as they drove past the judges’ station.
Further down the line came a group of children riding their red, white, and blue decorated bicycles. This year, children who decorated and rode their bike in the parade received a cash prize of $10.
A new entry to the parade, the Continentals Fife and Drum Corps from Camden showed their musical talents during the parade and after as well, for a performance outside the community center. The corps out of Camden is the oldest of its kind in the state, having originated in 1850.
“I’ll play for this size crowd any day of the week, this was a great event,” said fife and drum corps member Terri Vanderworken.
The Cooperstown Community Band performed after the parade as well.
Upping their numbers from last year, the Otsego County Land Trust had 2,000 tree saplings to hand out to the crowd.
Featured in the parade were an array of antique cars and tractors. The Brook’s BBQ chicken walked behind a 1936 Green Chevy truck that was originally owned by Frank Sinatra before passing into the Brooks family.
The crowds offered a blend of locals and newcomers as well.
Howdy Cornish, a retired member of the Milford fire department and long-time parade goer was in his seat towards the end of the route.
“It’s one of the best (parades) in the area,” Cornish said.