STANTON – The sun broke through the rain clouds Saturday afternoon, just in time for the Stanton Old Fashioned Days grand parade.
Crowds lined M-66 in downtown Stanton to watch veterans, police and fire vehicles start the parade, followed by an assortment of floats representing businesses, churches and local royalty.
“I’ve been doing this since I was little so it’s a family tradition,” said Samantha Wiggins of Carson City, who came to watch friends who were in the parade.
Wiggins’ niece, Destinee Perkins, enjoyed the queens and princesses and their dresses, especially “the pink ones,” said the 8-year-old Greenville girl.
Erica Furhman and Clara Mikula, both 12 years old and Stanton residents, were two of many fashionable youths roaming the downtown area and visiting with friends.
“Old Fashioned Days is awesome,” Mikula said. “I like how they get all festive and how you can see all your friends outside of school.”
“I like the parade and seeing all the people you haven’t seen in a while,” Furhman added.
Kearston Bass of Stanton sat on a grassy knoll to take a break from the hot sun, sporting shades and drinking a cool beverage. She’s been coming to SOFD for a number of years.
“I love the weightlifting, the bench press inside the gym (The Body Building Fitness Club),” she said. “I also like the kids tractor pull and the car show.”
Mike and Linda Timiney of Lake Montcalm in Douglass Township have also been coming to the festival for years.
“I like the yard sales,” Linda said.
“I like the parade and seeing the kids run around,” Mike said. “I enjoy the classic cars too.