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By Mark Hebert

100th Anniversary of Saco hosts over 50 floats in Fun Day's Parade


September 5, 2018

Mark Hebert

Saco Centennial Grand Marshall Esther Brosseau shines under the Saco sky during the Saco Fun Day's and 100th Anniversary Parade on Saturday morning. Brosseau was joined by Saco All School Reunion Grand Marshall Howard Pippin in the parade float.

With over 226 people in floats, cars, wagons and on foot, and at least double that many lining the streets of Saco, the Saturday afternoon Saco Fun Days and 100th Centennial Parade was a sight to behold.

Heading up this year's Fun Day's parade in the lead car were Saco Centennial Grand Marshall Esther Brosseau and Saco All School Reunion Grand Marshall Howard Pippen.

Brosseau, who has lived in the community for 93 of her 95 years, told the PCN that this year's parade was the second she had been Grand Marshall of, first being honored in 2011.

"It's great to be honored again," she said.

Mark Hebert

B to F: Zora Holt, Valin Sandvick, Riley Davis, and Ava Schultz have their parade-game faces on During Saco Fun Days on Saturday.

Brosseau is a grad of the Saco Class of 1941 and said she wasn't going to approach her latest parade any different than she did six years ago.

"I'll just smile and wave," she said.

Pippin, who is a graduate of the Class of 1957, said he learned of his grand marshal appointment a few weeks ago and he too was delighted with the honor.

"I should have gone to the meeting so they would have had to pick someone else," Pippin kidded. "This is the first time they have named an All School Reunion Grand Marshall and I think I have been in all but three of the parades over the years."

Of all the floats on hand for the day, it could be argued that Patrick Olson's took the longest to get to the event as he drove a team of two horses 22 miles from his home, taking him four hours, following the same trail his grandfather, Herman Knuth, used to make from the family home to Saco. He was joined by his wife, RoseAnn, in the parade.


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