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Grange builds first parade float in 50 years

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 2:33 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of Barry Schrader)
Participating in the Genoa Days parade from the Ney Grange were, from left, Jessica McDaniel, Samantha Landcaste (holding Emily McDaniel), Andrew McDaniel (holding Trinity McDaniel), float chair Debbie Behrends, Steve Bigolin, and Kay and Barry Schrader. Not pictured, Bill Braksick and Dale and Lori Swanson.

GENOA – Members and families of Ney Grange 1845 pose with their 85th anniversary float at the Genoa Days parade June 14 in Genoa.

This was the grange's first float in 50 year. It intends to enter another float in the Fourth of July parade in Kirkland.

Grange members gave out hundreds of pieces of candy and 80 Hot Wheel toys to kids along the 2.5-mile route. The float trailer was provided by Ney Grange Lecturer Tom Rhoads.

Ney Grangers will hold their summer picnic at the 1835 log cabin on the Hoppe Sisters farm off Pleasant Hill Road near Genoa at noon Saturday, July 19. Prospective members are invited. Call 815-758-5424 for details.

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