Monroe County marks 61st annual farmer’s parade

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Tom Bone Two horses pull a wagon from Circle T Farm down Main Street in Union Saturday morning during the 61st annual Farmer’s Day parade. The entry took third place in the business category.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Tom Bone Two horses pull a wagon from Circle T Farm down Main Street in Union Saturday morning during the 61st annual Farmer's Day parade. The entry took third place in the business category.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Tom Bone
Two horses pull a wagon from Circle T Farm down Main Street in Union Saturday morning during the 61st annual Farmer’s Day parade. The entry took third place in the business category.

UNION, W.Va. — The normal weekend tasks for thousands of families in Monroe County were put on hold temporarily  Saturday as crowds lined Main Street in Union for the 61st annual Farmer’s Day parade.

Jeffry Pritt, an attorney marking his 20th year as the public address announcer for the parade, said that Farmer’s Day is “a special time for families to get together and for friends who haven’t seen each other for years and years to reunite.”

 Horses, fire trucks, decorated floats, antique automobiles and public office holders each took their turn in the yearly procession through the county seat, organized by the Union Area Chamber of Commerce.

A centerpiece of the parade, as always, was the participation by several shrine units. Beni Kedem Temple provided men from Bluefield, Charleston and the Greenbrier Valley. The Khedive Temple brought in units from Chesapeake, Va.

With more than 35 years of attendance at Farmer’s Day behind them, the Kazim Hillbillies were back…

 

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