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Woodstocks July Festival and Parade shone as bright as did the day

by: David F. Ashton, Parade Grand Marshal Mayor Tom Potter and his wife Karin, Woodstock Neighborhood residents, ride down the boulevard.

Because 2005 saw no Woodstock Festival, many people in that neighborhood thought the ten-year-old tradition was forever gone.

But, thanks to the efforts of Woodstock Community Business Association board member Cristy Landers and many volunteers, fun and frivolity filled the boulevard, as the festive event returned on July 15.

The eclectic neighborhood parade began at 11:00 am; the procession of people on foot, stilts, and bikes, as well as riders of Segways and other motorized conveyances, pleased the large crowd gathered along the sidewalks of the boulevard. Handfuls of wrapped candy thrown by the participants kept the attention of the children from lagging.

The fun didn't end after the parade passed by. Four performance stages along the Woodstock business district provided music, crafts, and entertainment for revelers of all ages. The scent of all kinds of food, cooked and served outdoors, filled the afternoon air.

'This is the best festival ever,' said 6-year-old Breanne Walker. 'But, this is the first one I've attended,' she confessed. Judging the smiles seen on almost everyone's face, the return of the Woodstock Festival and Parade was a very welcome idea.

Woodstock's other summer event, the Woodstock Neighborhood Picnic, sponsored by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and supported by the WCBA, is yet to come - on Saturday, August 19th, all afternoon at Woodstock Park on S.E. Steele.