The Ellinwood After Harvest Festival Parade on Saturday, July 16, had more than 80 entries.
Winners in the All Around category were the American Legion Flags, first, and Barton County Historical Society, second.
Golden Belt Humane Society won the prize in the Most Original category.
Best of Theme: “Service Above Self” went to the Historic Wolf Hotel’s entry honoring Wayne Ahrens, who served his country and town. The Retired Ellinwood Fire Department placed second.
Best Youth awards went to the Ellinwood High School Marching Band and Spirit Squad, first; and Central Kansas Lady Crushers, second.
Best Religious entry was Calvary Closet.
Best Antique or Classic Vehicle was a 1959 pink Cadillac owned by Duane “Schwabie” Schwab, who had several cars in the parade. Second place went to one of the 1927 Model A’s in the parade.
Winning Best Antique Tractor/Truck was a 1929 Ford Model A delivery truck, a project for Al Cook of Dighton; second was a 1922 Stanley Steamer owned and driven by Dick Friedeman, Great Bend, who blew off some steam when emcee Joe Curtiss asked, “Does that thing have a whistle?”
Best Commercial entries, Ellinwood District Hospital, first; N’Bloom, second.
Wheatland School had the best Class Reunion entry; the EHS Class of 1991 took second.
At the conclusion of the parade, there was a drawing for a quilt to benefit Ellinwood Garden Club. The winner was Annetta Mohon, a 1972 EHS grad who lives in Grand Island, Neb.
Mohon wasn’t the EHS grad who traveled the greatest distance to attend the parade. That honor went to Robin Krock, Class of 1971, who lives in Sydney, Australia.