IT IS said that everybody loves a parade, and Eastern Ohio residents’ tendency to sponsor parades for festivals, holidays, athletic victories, fairs, alumni activities and other special events is proof of that line of thinking.
Some festivals even have more than one parade. That used to be true at the International Mining and Manufacturing Festival, popular for so many years in Cadiz. It still happens every year at the Ohio Hills Folk Festival, held in Quaker City in early July, and included are the Kiddy Parade, Mile-Long Parade and Queens Parade.
Every September, a giant pumpkin lends its name to the popular Saturday afternoon parade during the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. Parades appear to be fun events for the participants as well as those who line the streets to watch.
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CROWDS LINE the streets in Cadiz for one of the International Mining and Manufacturing Festival parades a few decades ago. With the Jewett-Scio High School band participating, it is evident that each area of the county still had its own high school.