The following is a letter from Burlington's Historical Society president Mary Nohelty on the society's float winning 1st Place in the float contest. She also sent pictures of the float before the parade and in the parade (see above):
Hi Everyone, if you haven’t heard the good news, we took first place in the Fourth of July float contest. Now we have two trophies, one for the and one for our farming heritage.
I wonder what will be next?
We all woke to heavy rain, but happily before the parade was underway, the sun shone.
The sun shone on some of the finest people I know — all the members of the Historical Society who worked so hard to make this a success. Where do I start? Dotty Bennett made the farm signs, she lent us the milk can and that wonderful windmill. Irene let us use her ukulele, and Rosemary lent her weather vane and a green milk can. Julie donated the big pink pig which was such a hit with the children along the parade route. And thank you, Julie, for finding that precious cow to ride so proudly with us on the float.
And thanks to the Commission for lending us those handsome horses that stood so proudly in the barn. Joanne brought her little rabbit which sat in the barnyard and also made a cornstalk to grow in our farm. Carolyn brought her granddaughter, Morgan, who waved to everyone along the route. The Tredeau’s grandson was also aboard along with Olivia LoPreste.
Ruthie, Margaret, Rosemary and Lil sat on the benches and rode in the truck provided by Fred Keene. Thank you, Fred! It was pretty warm walking up the hill for all the brave walkers and they looked terrific marching behind the trailer.
I can still see the smiling faces of Joanne, Irene, Carolyn, Kathi, Joan, Aline, Julie, Jackie and Deanna.
We must also congratulate the parade organizers. What an immense job to get all the marchers, bands, cars and floats in correct order and start the parade at exactly 10:30. It is appreciated when you witness the work behind the lines.