CHERRY CREEK - Amid torrential downpours, intermittently sunny skies and cooler than usual temperatures, the annual Independence Day celebration was held this past weekend in Cherry Creek.
Friday evening, following a heavy rain which actually caused event officials to cancel the Classic Car Cruise In, the showmen began to arrive in their classics, and the event went off as planned. With a marked decrease in the number of cars from the previous year, 29 cars were shown and the People's Choice Award for the car in the show was awarded to Dave Hall and his 1967 GTO. Hall has owned the car for 18 years, but has only shown it for the past four years and only in Cherry Creek.
"It takes a while to restore one of these," he said.
The Cherry Creek-Leon United Methodist Church won first place in the Church Float category.
P-J photos by Sue Ann Fish
Last year's winner, Doug Merrill, tied for second place this year with Don Steward, both of whom received plaques for their efforts.
The weather didn't look at all encouraging Saturday morning as the day's festivities began. But sunny skies prevailed and the pie contest, parade, Little Miss and Mr. Cherry Creek contest, and live auction were held without incident.
Winning the title of Little Mr. Cherry Creek was Preston Arce, 5, son of Amando and Jennifer Arce of Cherry Creek. Receiving the crown of Little Miss Cherry Creek was Alexis Giles, 5, daughter of Melissa Hanner of Cherry Creek.
The parade winners are as follows:
Unattached Color Guard - first place: 9th Calvary, second place: Kim White;
Marching Units (Sr.) - first place: New York State Ladies Auxiliary; second place, Junior Girls Pine Valley VFW Post 2522;
Marching Units (Jr.) - first place: 4H Corn Huskers; second place: South Dayton Cub Scouts;
Fire Equipment - 1st place: Conewango Fire Dept.; second place: South Dayton Fire Dept.;
Musical Float - first place: Pine Valley Alumni Band;
Church Float - first place: Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church;
Organization Float - first place: The Trillium Lodge; 2nd place: Cherry Creek Sno-goers;
Youth Float - first place: Girl Scouts 1049 South Dayton;
Family Float - the Powell family;
Horses - Judy Hahn; and
Bicycles - Boy and Girls Little League.