Rain doesn’t dampen any spirits in Fordyce

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FORDYCE — Rain dampened the ground, but couldn’t dampen the spirits of area residents during the Fordyce Centennial celebration here Saturday.

Over 2,000 people turned out Saturday to see an hour-long parade featuring over 104 entries from across the region.

The parade staging area behind the church and ball field stretched for nearly a mile. The parade then entertained people of all ages as it wound its way through Fordyce.

The rains came down hard during the parade, but it didn’t bother the Fordyce failthful.

“At first I was very sad and upset because I was really hoping for a beautiful day,” said Centennial Committee member Ruth Wielbelhaus.  “Then I thought, we need the rain, now the farmers can be here, and nobody would get sunburnt.

The only change that had to be made to the parade was that some of the parade entries had to ride in cars rather than walking.

Wiebelhaus was nervous the rain would keep people away, but pleasantly surprised when she got a first-hand look at just how many people turned out for the event.

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