By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Adults clapped and children cheered as dancers tumbled, tractors rumbled and live bands doubled the energy of the crowd along Outer Highway 18 in The Village during the third annual Happy Trails Parade last month. The event, which took place on September 30, added a street fair on Powhatan Road to the festivities for the first time this year.
“This year’s event has been the biggest one yet,” said Event Coordinator Kenneth Sousa. “We were very fortunate to have more than 50 entries in our parade and more than 40 vendor booths at the street fair.”
Contestants in the float, school marching band, equestrian, cheer and wheels categories were all eligible for cash prizes donated by The Village Property and Business Improvement District board members. Certain categories held only one or two entries with the winner taking home the first-place prize money.
This year’s winning entries were recognized at the October 24 council meeting. They were:
Best Overall – Sponsored by Big Apple Automotive
School Marching Band Category
Drill & Cheer Category
“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s applicants for their enthusiasm and dedication,” said Sousa. “We are excited to see the culture growing here as The Village District draws more businesses and residents to its unique history. These events continue long traditions and bring Apple Valley’s past back to life.”