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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 4, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 294 Monday July Automotive history parades in Kokomo Patriotic entries honor Sesquicentennial and Elwood Haynes Kokomos patriotic pride in its automotive heritage took center street Sunday as the Haynes Apperson Shrine Parade wowed thousands who lined the uptown parade route Mother Nature took a coopera tive turn at 1 Sunday giving spectators a partly cloudy warm day without the liquid sunshine which had dampened activities but not spirits Saturday night The Kokomo police and fire departments led off with sirens followed by a large array of antique and vintage automobiles At one point on North Main Street an antique car broke down but the car owner behind it ami ably agreed to provide a tow to the cheers of the crowd Howard County Emergency Management volunteers provided buckets and cups for youngsters to collect candy from the passing parade entries and kept a watch on the crowds for anyone over the heat The agency commonly known as Civil Defense also provided crowd and traffic control throughout the fes tival The Shrine entries always crowd favorites generated many smiles from the children Vehicles ranged from clowns on bicycles and motorized vehicles to minia ture antique cars to miniIndy 500 racers Howard County Museums parade float entry won first place in the noncommercial category The float depicted the wedding of Emma Seiberling and Charles But ler at the Seiberling Mansion in the spring of 1893 The bride and attendant wore offwhite lace and the float was covered in flowers A quartet of musicians provided chamber music First place in the commercial category went to Cellular One with a float featuring a large mobile phone The parade also featured the debut of the KokomoHoward County Sesquicentennial First Lady Bette Harness Werbe She rode in the parade with runner ups for the title including first runnerup Rhonda Eastman of Kokomo Kokomo and Taylor high school bands provided marching units Candidates for the fall election were in abundance most dishing out the candy and election materi als along the route The Howard County Vietnam Veterans and their families carried a huge American flag down the parade route and were greeted with applause as people stood as it passed which sponsors the HaynesApperson Festival hand ed but flags to paradegoers to add to the patriotic theme Z93 radio station attempted some tricky maneuvers with sta tion employees and their families who carried boom boxes down the parade route all tuned to the sta tion Several marching formations were demonstrated with the com mands Radios OFF and Radios ON as the key instruc tions The parade wrapped up in about two hours with Kokomos street cleaners bringing up the rear Glenn Salyers waves a WWKI flag Ruth Reddersdorf showed Sesquicenten Vintage automobiles captivated the imaginations of paradegoers who cherish Kc nial spirit mos auto heritage Howard County Vietnam Veterans show patriotic spirit Taylor High Schools Marching Titans march down Main Street Charles Morris heads home with son Caleb Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds Special thankt to Edward Swain who allowed the Tribune to photograph from the State Building First Lady Bette Harness Werbe left walks uptown with Virginia Fennimore
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