Cindy Bollinger begins organizing the Solanco Fair's annual dairy cattle shows long before the first animal is unloaded.
She sends out entry forms to anyone who exhibited the previous year, keeps track of the entries as they come back, creates the show catalogues, records the results, and makes sure the winners get their premiums for two days of dairy cattle shows at the annual Solanco Fair.
She's been doing it for 47 years and that's one reason the fair's board of directors chose Bollinger to lead the annual street parade as the Grand Marshal.
Entry forms are now available for parents who want to enter their children in the annual Solanco Fair Baby Parade.
The parade will be held at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. Contestants must report to the fairgrounds for registration at 6 p.m. on that date. Judging will begin at 6:15 p.m. In case the Wednesday street parade is cancelled because of rain and is held on Thursday evening, the Baby Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 20, with registration at 9 a.m. and judging at 9:15 a.m.
Organizers are hoping to see a lot of Hawaiian-style parties in this year's Solanco Fair Parade.
"Our theme this year is 'A luau'," parade committee chairman Jeffrey Minnich said last week. "We've looked at a lot of themes from parades across the nation and we realized we have never had anything nearly like this. I have a list of more than 20 themes, some of which we may use and others we probably won't."
Exhibitors spend Tuesday getting read for the he 65th Solanco Fair which runs from Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19.
The Fair Parade is Wednesday night at 6.
The Baby Parade is Thursday night at 7.
Members of Solanco High School's FFA chapter have two goals for their annual Solanco Fair Parade float.
"We're trying to stay with the fair theme [sports spectacular]," said chapter vice president Andrew Aument.
The chapter members also have a more personal message for the float. "We're trying to do a tribute to Brian Zug," Aument said. Zug, who died April 17 at the age of 39, had coached the FFA chapter's dairy judging team for years.
Larry Myers looks forward to the day he can sit along the street and watch the Solanco Fair Parade with his wife, Linda.
He'll have to wait until 2015 because Myers will be leading this year's parade as the grand marshal.
"It's quite an honor," Myers said. "My first reaction was, 'Gee, isn't this usually something for older folks and then I realized I was 60 years old and it kind of fit."
Myers has been involved with the fair for 29 years and serves as its resident electrician.
A year of international sporting events led organizers of the Solanco Fair Parade to choose Sports Spectacular as the theme for this year's event.
"We've finished with the Winter Olympics and we had the World Cup for soccer," parade committee chairman Jeff Minnich said.
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