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Festival Days a hit in 2018

 

September 24, 2018

Havre Daily News/Gen Yamaguchi

The Havre Festival Days Parade travelled through 5th Ave from Havre High School parking lot to downtown Havre on Saturday. People camped on the sidewalks and enjoyed the parade.

Havre Daily News staff

Havre Festival Days events were a hit over the weekend, with cool weather not dampening much support, although rain before the events started did cancel two.

Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Julea Robbins said she has heard good comments about the weekend, including some of the changes made this year.

"The downtown venues went well, and we plan to keep them," she said.

The commercial and crafts show had booths set up along Third Avenue Saturday as well as in the Holiday Village Mall Saturday and Sunday.

The parade came down Fifth Avenue and then turned west on to Third Street, going through part of downtown.

Havre Daily News/Gen Yamaguchi

Izaak Herbold, 6, waits patiently in line for his turn at Fat Billy and the Boyz BBQ, setup at Custom Collision Repair customer appreciation event. on Saturday. Many visited the shop for the barebecue, car giveaway and burnout.

For the last decade or so, the parade has turned east onto Fourth Street with larger vehicles continuing north to First Street. This year's change was made at the request of some Havre residents.

The parade also was heavy on floats this year, with more than 60 traveling down the parade route.

The winning floats this year, using the Festival Days Theme Roots and Branches, We Need Each Other, were Crystal City Casino, Best Commercial Float; District 4 Human Resources Development Council, best Noncommercial Float, and Independence Bank, Mayor's Choice.

The heavy rain Thursday did lead to cancellation of two events at the fairgrounds. The H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board announced during its Mural Park dedication and Jim Magera Summer Speaker Series presentation that Digging Up History, scheduled for Saturday, had been canceled.

Montana State University Hill County Extension also canceled its obstacle course set for Saturday at the fairgrounds.

 

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