Parade rounds out Curwensville Days|
Monday, July 23, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - The 2012 edition of Curwensville Days became another one for the history books as the week-long festival wrapped up Saturday with a day full of activities including a 10K race and 5K walk, an antique and classic car show and the annual fireman's parade.
Don Hoover, president, said "Despite the weather, we had a really good week with nice crowds most of the time. We'd really like to thank everyone for their support. We are looking forward to next year."
Proceeds from Curwensville Days are designated to pay expenses associated with the celebration. Gloria "Skip" Hoover, member of the Curwensville Days permanent committee, said if there are funds left when all the bills are paid, they are divided up and given to non-profit organizations in the community as many of them have projects benefiting local residents.
The winners of Saturday's parade sponsored by Rescue Hose and Ladder Co. were announced. The West Branch Area High School Marching Warriors received the award for best appearing overall. Bill Williams, parade chairman, reported although traditionally, the award is presented to a fire company's or emergency services' apparatus, the judges were touched by the band members' decision to donate their parade travel allowance to the family of Brandon Denochick - a fellow student who recently lost his battle with cancer. West Branch also took home a host of other awards from the parade including best appearing Class A band, best appearing majorettes and best appearing band front. They also received the Curwensville Merchants Association trophy given to the band that receives the highest overall score, regardless of class.
Other winners in the musical entry division are:
• variety band, Clearfield Shrine Club Oriental Band
• junior baton twirling unit, The Morris-Cooper Mini Twirlers, first; and The Daisies of Bigler, second.
• senior baton twirling unit, Clearfield County Illusions, first; and Touch of Gold, second.
• Class A, Moshannon Valley Junior and Senior High School Marching Black Knights, second. Moshannon Valley also received the award for the best appearing silk squad.
• Class AA, Purchase Line High School Marching Red Dragons, first; and Marion Center High School Marching Stingers, second. Purchase Line also received the award for the best appearing drum major or majorettes.
The winners of the emergency services equipment awards and trophies are:
• engine, 1,500 gallons per minute or greater, Houtzdale Volunteer Fire Co.
• engine, 1,500 GPM or less, Community Volunteer Fire Department of Mahaffey, first; and Grampian-Penn-Bloom Fire Co., second.
• tanker truck, Winburne Fire Co.
• rescue truck, Lawrence Township Fire Co., first; and Madera Fire Co., second.
• aerial platform truck, Reliance Fire Co. of Philipsburg, first; and Clearfield Borough Volunteer Fire Co., second.
• brush truck, Madera Fire Co., first; and Sykesville Fire Co., second.
• emergency medical response or quick response vehicle, Glen Richey Volunteer Fire Co., first; and Hyde Fire Co., second.
• utility truck, Houtzdale Fire Co., first.
Hyde Fire Co. also received the RHL chief's award for best appearing company. Reliance Fire Co. of Philipsburg received the trophy for traveling the longest distance and G-P-B Fire Co. the Budweiser traveling trophy sponsored by Errigo Distributing of Curwensville.