The first ever Brooksville Days began with a parade of floats, led by the town’s oldest—and one of the first—volunteer firefighters, 91-year-old Frank Snow, sitting in the cab of his fire truck.
Behind followed 16 floats—and bicycles and strollers—that celebrated the town in its many variations, from Cape Rosier Boat Building to a spiffy blue roadster to the Invasive Species float—filled with plants and the Atlantic Clarion steel drum band—to a tiger riding a motorcycle.
The parade, and the day’s following events, is a warm up to Brooksville’s 200th birthday in 2017.
Spectators gathered in the school parking lot, where the Lepper’s Boop Lime Fizz stand and a Tinderhearth pizza stand stayed the crowd’s appetites in the brilliant sunshine.
It was a hot, sunny day. Across the street, a flock of geese gathered to watch the parade and then, after it finished, raised their wings in unison and took flight.
The three parade judges sat above the crowd on a truck trailer. Elana Bakeman, Tony Rolfe and Faith DeAmbrose discussed what they were looking for in the winning float.
“A float where everybody has the most fun will get my vote,” said Rolfe.
In the end, the Invasive Species float won top honors, and continued to spread its music and spirit in the school parking lot.
The John Gray Plumbing and Heating float came in second—its candy-shooting chimney may have sweetened the votes. The Little Island Oyster float took third. All bicyclists and stroller inhabitants received prizes. And everyone—participants and spectators—appeared to be having “the most fun.”