A float made by the Cole Camp First United Methodist Church rolls down Main Street Thursday evening at the 100th Cole Camp Fair Grand Parade. The float, titled “Wheel of Everlasting Love,” was one of 33 total entries. The final day of the fair begins early Saturday, with a 5-K Run/2 Mile Walk followed by a Kiddie Parade and Grand Parade of Floats at 10 a.m.
A Cole Camp R-V School cheer squad practices routines before the beginning of the Cole Camp Parade Thursday night. The theme for this year’s Fair is “Our World’s Fair.”
During the parade, Cole Camp Fair Board President Earl Theisen escorts the 2015 Fair Queen Hanna Westermier to the bandstand Thursday evening. Later, Westermier crowned the 2016 Queen Casey Bahrenburg, who is a senior at Cole Camp High School.
On Thursday evening, Cole Camp Fair President Earl Theisen recognizes six of the seven living past presidents with a plaque. The six men were all Grand Marshals for the 100th Fair Parade. The Grand Marshals rode in two cars; in the first car, front seat is Roger Wayne Balke, driver, Raymond Schlesselman, passenger; back seat, Joe Kablez, left, and Elroy Von Holten.
Cole Camp Trinity Lutheran Church pulls its float, a “Crown of Life,” down Main Street Thursday night for the 100th Cole Camp Fair Grand Parade. Creating floats is a longtime tradition for the residents who often make them on flatbed trucks and use mechanical moving parts.
Two Cole Camp Fair Parade Grand Marshals, Ron Newman, driver, and Eldon R. Harms drive behind four other Fair Grand Marshals Thursday evening. Six of the seven living past fair presidents were in attendance for the parade. The seventh, Robert Wienberg, was unable to attend the event.
The 2016 Cole Camp Fair Queen Casey Bahrenburg holds her trophy Thursday night on the bandstand during the fair’s parade. On Bahrenburg’s left is first runner-up Tessia Balke, and contestants Meredith Pruitt and Karlie Tucker.
Cruising down Main Street in the 2016 Cole Camp Fair Parade is a 1929 fire truck that Cole Camp began using in 1939. The bell on the truck was taken from Cole Camp’s first fire truck, a 1915 Model T. The 1929 version was used into the 1950s.