The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 13, 2007

33rd Square Fair draws big crowds

FRANKSTON — Beautifully mild temperatures, sunny skies, a huge Frankston Indian win over Italy on Friday and a plethora of cute kids on intricate floats all added up Saturday morning to make the 33rd annual Frankston Square Fair fun for all.

“We want to welcome everyone, especially those visiting us today,” parade emcee Jerry Beard said at the start of the festivities. “I gotta warn y’all though, you spend an hour, hour and a half here and you’re going to want to buy a house here in Frankston — it’s that great a place.”

The aroma of barbecue, corn dogs and other tasty fair fare perfumed the air as crowds gathered on the corner of Main and Commerce streets in downtown Frankston to catch the kick-off parade.

“This is actually my first year to work on the fair,” parade coordinator Jessica Tatum said after the parade ended. “It was pretty easy for me. All I had to do was organize the people who called to participate.

“Probably the hardest part was the moms’ job, getting the floats decorated and getting the kiddos ready. But I think this was one of the best parades we’ve ever had. The floats were great. The crowds are great.”

The floats featured local pre-K through fifth grade classes from both public and private schools. Themes included fairy tale castles complete with miniature knights, tiny princesses and at least one “ferocious” dragon; a pirate ship awash with Captain Hooks and Captain Jack Sparrows; and a cornucopia of happily waving veggies — actually students in costume.

Other paraders included the Frankston Indians Homecoming King and Queen; the members of the 2007-08 Homecoming court; the Frankston, Noonday, Berryville and LaRue-New York fire departments; elected officials and candidates in the upcoming county elections; members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post; and, of course, lots of horses.

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