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Thousands attend 71st parade

Thousands of people, many in costume, lined Capitol Avenue in Corydon on Saturday evening for the annual Halloween parade.
Nancy Snyder, who helped organize the parade with her daughter, Heather Davis, and others from the Friends of Corydon Capital, estimated the crowd at 5,000.
This was the 71st consecutive year for the parade, one of the most popular events in Corydon.
Snyder said the costume contest, held before the parade, had more than 100 entries.
‘Everyone seemed to have a good time’ at both activities, Snyder said.
Dry weather, with temperatures not too chilly, brought out many people to see about 25 floats ‘ a large number for a non-election year, Snyder said ‘ plus costumed walkers, antique cars, one band dressed in nontraditional uniforms, and other entries.
Similar conditions continued on Monday night, Halloween, prompting a large throng of trick-or-treaters on the streets and sidewalks of Corydon and other towns.
Corydon marshal Nick Smith said there was ‘a very good turnout’ of kids, with the corner of Elliott Street and North Capitol Avenue being a popular spot for treats.
‘We were really worried about speeders on Capitol Avenue,’ Smith said, so he and Marshal Rolla Pirtle parked their squad cars on either side of Capitol and turned on their emergency lights to help slow down traffic.
‘We got a lot of good comments for keeping our lights on,’ Smith said, ‘and nobody got hit that night.’
The two officers also handed out erasers and stickers purchased by Chief Marshal Jim Kendall to children who were trick-or-treating. Smith said he thought this was the first time the police department distributed goodies on Halloween.
‘We saw a lot of good costumes and cute kids,’ he said.
Things remained calm when trick-or-treat was over at 8 p.m. in Corydon. Smith said there were no reports of vandalism related to Halloween.
In Crawford County, Lincoln Hills United Methodist Church may have set a record of some sort when it gave away 650 goody bags to children who stopped by the church on S.R. 64 west of Marengo on Halloween night.
Here are the results of Saturday’s costume contest at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand in Corydon:
Up to 18 months ‘ Gracelyn Anderson (Raggedy Ann), first; Cassidy Kendrick (scarecrow), second; Triston Hass (Cat in the Hat), third;
18 months to 3 years ‘ Emily Gunther (dancing bunny), first; Nolan Ables and Ella Bennett (Pebbles and Bam-Bam), second; Abigail Couch (princess witch), third;
3 to 4 years ‘ Autumn Newkirk (splish-splash bubble bath), first; Blake Zehnder (Dalmatian), second; Robert Englert (Robin Hood), third;
Kindergarten to first grade ‘ Braydon Weathers (miniature man), first; Connor Monroe (devil), second; Madison Summers ( ’50s rocker), third;
Second to third grade ‘ Blake Duncan (bucket of green slime), first; Segundo Denney (jail bird), second; Patrica Motley (good witch), third;
Fourth, fifth and sixth graders ‘ Tyler Barnett (Yu-gi-oh), first; Maddison O’Connor (Miss Kentucky), second; Skyeler Hardin (southern belle), third;
Junior and senior high ‘ Jennifer Meek (dead bride), first; Jeremy Eiler (brain donor), second; Melanie Stepro (fairy), third;
Adult ‘ Peggy Webb (wizard), first; Myra Schultz (tribal princess), second; Steve and Angie Hoenes (queen and her fool), third.
Halloween parade winners:
Floats ‘ Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (‘Tourism works for Harrison County’), first; Tyson Foods (Flintstones), second; O’Bannon Publishing Co. (‘Spooktacular News’), third; Adamson family, fourth; Nolot family, fifth.
Walking group ‘ Max Glordan (headless horseman), first; Bob and Debbie Rumple and Tyler Warren (Peanuts gang), second; YMCA Twirlers, third.
Best animal ‘ Mark Raque and horse (Civil War ghost), first.
Antique car ‘ Elwood Rowe’s 1950 Willy’s Jeepster, first.
Performing unit ‘ Corydon Central High School Vanguard, first.

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