BY STACI WILSON
Once again float entries wowed Independence Day parade-goers in Montrose this year, with Bridgewater Church’s circus inspired ensemble bringing home the first place trophy.
The 2018 theme of the KLR sponsored parade was “Preserving Family Values” with organizations using the theme as inspiration for their floats.
Bridgewater Church received the $200 Grand Marshal first place prize, followed by South Montrose Community Church in second earning them a $150 prize; and Harford Volunteer Fire Company in third for the $100 award.
Fourth, fifth and sixth place entries were all awarded $50 by the parade sponsors. The winners of those were as follows: NEPA Community Health Care (4th); RHL Company (5th); and a sixth place tie between Southtown Veterinary Hospital and the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess.
Southtown Veterinary featured animals on their pet family-theme float – from dogs to chickens.
First Responders were honored as the Grand Marshals for the 2018 parade. And, as a special tribute, the KLR recognized the late Mark Wood as an Honorary Grand Marshal.
Wood served as the President of the Susquehanna County Fire Police Association and the Vice President of the United Fire Company in Montrose, and also served as its Police Captain. He spent over 25 years providing leadership for safety of guests and traffic control for the annual July 4th celebration in Montrose.
Wood’s mother, Joan Wood of Dimock, and his sons, Josh and Adam, took his place of honor in the parade.