May 26, 2019

Parade to highlight Bradford festivities > Events benefit fire department

BRADFORD — Bradford moves into its second day of Bradford Days today (Saturday, July 11). Last night’s talent show opened the annual festivities and today the action starts with a parade.

According to Cindy Kekacs, the parade begins at 10 a.m. and will proceed up the East Road to the town hall. It will include the town’s championship baseball team, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies and a lot of the people who will participate in the horse shows held in the afternoon will ride their horses. There also will be homemade floats, antique cars, tractors, fire trucks and Strout’s bus.

Bradford Days is a fire department fund-raiser, said Kekacs, but the whole town gets involved.

Luncheon will be prepared by the Rebekahs at 11:30 at the town hall. Various groups and organizations will sponsor demonstrations or offer tables selling a variety of goods. The PTA will hold a bake sale and the public is invited to stop by the recycling booth where Kekacs will talk about the three Rs — Reduce, Recyle and Reuse.

The various horse events usually get started after the parade and lunch, she said. The horse shows and pulling contests will be held in the horse ring next to the town hall. There will be categories to compete in for people of all ages.

Blacksmith Paul Carlson will be on hand to demonstrate his unique craft.

Between noon and 4 p.m. there will be games for children. These have been expanded this year, she said.

One of the most popular events is the pig scramble. As many as 40 kids are expected to climb in the pen and those that catch the pigs get to keep them.

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