Eagles Grande Parade a highlight of Walleye Festival

Jun 1, 2022 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

Abbie Fox of of Lakelynn Design Boutique in Port Clinton was Grand Marshall of the Eagles Grand Parade, a reward for winning Main Street Port Clinton’s Citizen of the Year at the group’s annual awards dinner in April. Fox joined Doug Braun, whose classic 1946 GMC pickup truck has turned heads for years. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN

From squadrons of dancing baton twirlers to the hand-waving royal courts representing summer fairs and expositions around the region, families lining the downtown Port Clinton streets gave a hearty shout out on Saturday morning to their favorites in the annual Fraternal Order of Eagles Grande Parade.

A tradition of the annual Walleye Festival held by Main Street Port Clinton and the City of Port Clinton, parade officials must have had Lucky Charms for breakfast on Saturday. Moderate temperatures and slightly overcast skies greeted Port Clinton’s fire trucks, which escorted the bevy of floats, bands and dancers down Madison Street on the beautiful morning.

Families brought chairs and perched on curbs to watch the youngsters and the oldsters, which included parade sponsors such as Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. The downtown company has been fixing area furnaces here for more than 100 years, and dazzling parade crowds with its motorized bathtub that puttered along.

Justin Kochensparger helped to create the sparkling red, white and blue S.S. Eagles boat and float that won the Mayor’s Award in the annual Fraternal Order of Eagles Grande Parade on Saturday. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

The best seat in the house was in front of the Ida Rupp Public Library, where parade judges Margaret Philllips and Lisa Sarty, council members for the City of Port Clinton, and Assistant Director Courtney McGraff of the Ida Rupp Public were stationed with Parade announcer Judi Halstead, the guiding force behind the RiverFront Live bands that play all summer at the Meals on Madison area on Friday nights at 5 p.m.

The Mayor’s Award by Mike Snider went to the parade headliner, the David W. Leonard Fraternal Order of Eagles. Float builder Justin Kochensparger earned rave reviews for the bright, shiny S.S. Eagles boat and float they created, which also carried Chery Druyor on an inflatable pool float.

The Port Clinton Pride Award was given to the impressive Port Clinton High School Marching Band. Enjoying a little shade before marching in the parade were, left to right, Griffin Nelson, Grace Fleener, Veza Limoni, Abigail Cuavas and Aidan Weber. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

Immaculate Conception School took the Most Spirit Award. Ohler & Holzhauer Inc.’s motorized bath tub was the Most Entertaining, Logistico was picked for Best Theme, and the Best of the Baton Twirlers went to Deputies from Elyria, Ohio.

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