Parade at fair takes ‘slow ride’ through Imperial

Fifty-two entries, 50 corvettes and a group of motorcycles in this year’s Chase County Fair Parade entertained thousands of people who lined Imperial’s streets for the Aug. 19 event.
    With hot temperatures, many watching along the route from the Imperial Manor through downtown sought shade during the 40-minute parade.
    Entries this year in five classes followed the theme, “Slow Ride Through Chase County,” using one of the title songs from the rock group Foghat, who performed at the Friday night fair concert.
    Grand Marshals included former fair board members along with KOGA’s John Brandt, who’s been covering the Chase County Fair for 48 years.
    First place winners in the equestrian, religious, organizations, business and open classes each won $50 in Chamber Bucks. Second place earned $25 in Chamber Bucks.
    The Imperial FFA reigned as Grand Champion of all entries, in addition to taking first in the business division. Their entry featured a ship and included the message at the back of the float, “Building Leadership Doesn’t Come Easy...It’s a Slow Ride.”
    Along with the $50 first place price, the FFA chapter earned another $75 as Grand Champion.

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