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Royalty shines during Grand Floral Parade

Posted: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Two floats carried the Rhododendron Royal Courts during the 106th Annual Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade. Princess Courtney Rodet, Queen Rhododendra Jade Herbert and Princess Taysie Savage made appearances all over town. The Junior Court of young princesses also shined in the parade in their float. See Section C of this issue for a commemorative photo album of the weekend’s festivities. More photos will also be posted on the website www.TheSiuslawNews.com. Photo by Amy Bartlett/Siuslaw News

Feedback from the city’s biggest annual event is still coming in, but so far, residents and businesses had some fun during the 106th Annual Rhododendron Festival.

A spokesperson for the Davis Shows carnival said traffic was down a little compared with last year’s festival, probably because of the rain on Friday and Saturday and some sturdy winds on Sunday.

The vendor fair on Maple Street was popular and crowded but some vendors said that people were not spending a lot.

One Bay Street shopowner said, “We had a reasonably calm weekend in Old Town, but sales were better than last year for our store, although it did not seem like there were as many people as usual.”

There is no official visitor count yet, but parking spaces were spotted in Old Town, which is a rarity this time of year.

The Grand Floral Parade was a winner all around. The weather held out, with some visitors sporting sunburns by the end of the day.

More than 100 entries registered for the parade, including floats, classic cars, bicyclists, dancers, marching bands and more.

For the complete article see the 05-22-2013 issue.

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