Monday, September 19, 2005
Smiles and laughter greeted parade watchers Saturday morning as the 38th annual Sunshine Days Parade made its way through the streets of Sunnyside.
Leading the way was Grand Marshal Dorothy Knerr, a long- time Sunnyside School District nurse and businesswoman. Knerr was preceded in Saturday's parade by the SunnyView VFW Color Guard and a number of veterans.
Collecting applause along the route were the more than 67 entries, which included political candidates, tricked out cars and community floats and a bevy of hometown beauties.
The Toppenish Chamber of Commerce float was the first place winner in the community floats for towns with populations of 3,500 and over. Prosser Chamber of Commerce float was second place winner with Grandview Chamber of Commerce float claiming third place honors. The Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo Committee Float took fourth place in the communities of 3,500 and over float division.
First place in the community floats under 3,500 category was the Zillah Associated Clubs float. The Harrah Fall Festival float claimed second place honors.
The United Methodist Church's float "God's Ranch" took first place honors in the float organization division with the Calvary Lutheran School float claiming second place accolades.
Lowered II Perfection was the first place trophy winner in the classic car and truck category.
Stony Hays' car was the first place winner in the antique car category, while Prudential Valley Investment Properties claimed second place in the division.
Vence Castro was the first place winner in the custom car division and Low Luxury Car Club was the first place winner of the car club division. Masada Shrine took second place in the custom car club division.
Atha's Edge was the first place winner in the commercial float division with Dave's Recycling claiming second place honors. Fiesta Foods was third in the category.
The Yakama Nation Cultural Center float was the first place winner in the novelty float division.
The Toppenish Rodeo Royalty was a blue ribbon winner in the mounted horse women category while Martin School of Dance took first in a category that lumped all other floats and marching unit entries together. Sunnyside's Promise wagon took second place in the "other" division.
In the horse club division, the Association Charros del Valle Verde was the first place winner and Granger's Bron Dairy wagon was the first place winner in the parade horse hitch category.