Corryfest 2018

Bringing up the end of the 2018 parade were two units filled with residents young and old whose main goal was to get spectators wet. Armed with super soakers, these residents took aim at the crowd. 

Dozens of floats and units have registered for the 2019 CorryFest parade and prizes will again be awarded to those who best represent the chosen theme.

Those still interested in registering to participate in the parade may do so through online submissions only by logging onto www.corrychamber.com/corryfest.

The event will roll through the downtown on Saturday, June 15, beginning at noon from the Corry Area Middle-High School parking lot, 540 E. Pleasant St. 

"Wild, Wild West" is this year's theme.

The Corry Area Chamber of Commerce, which is coordinating and sponsoring the event, will be awarding prize money to the best parade floats. There will be prizes for first, second and third place.

Winners will be notified the Monday after the parade.

"This is a hometown parade, and I know I've been asked before why don't we have the bigger and the better, but this is what Corry is," said Chris Hornick, executive director of the Chamber. "We are tractors and hay wagons done up into floats. Every unit that comes into that parade is part of the fabric of our life. So, I personally love it."

Because CorryFest coincides with Alumni Weekend, many of the floats are organized by alumni classes.

Leading off the parade this year will be children of active duty military. The Chamber has been in contact with local clubs and businesses to organize participants. Children who want to participate may still sign up to do so by contacting the Chamber office at 665-9925 or via email atcacc@velocity.net.

The Zem Zem Shine Hornets are back participating in the parade after four years. 

The end of the parade will again include Corryites who, instead of candy, will be armed with super soakers to get parade audience members wet. The Corryites are challenging parade goers to outdo them by bringing their own super soakers. 

However, those who decide to partake in the water battle are reminded that they are permitted to only soak the last two floats of the parade. Anyone who aims at other floats will be dismissed from the parade.

There may be no bleach, ice water,  pressure washers, water balloons or buckets used in the water battle. Also, no dangerous projectiles, chemicals or liquids will be permitted of any kind.

Jill Burr and Jan Bemis are the parade directors and will be at the very end of the parade driving a side-by-side vehicle. 

Parade units will begin lining up in the Corry Area Middle-High School parking lot at 8:30 a.m. The parade will start down East Pleasant Street to North Center Street, then make a right onto East Bond Street and end at the Wright Street parking lot of Corry Area Primary School.

The route is about a mile and a half long.

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