Twin Bridges gears up for annual river parade

Dana Escott and Katie Hamilton's river parade float was entitled “Stock Tank Float.” Rumors have it that the test float trip down the river the day before was a lot more exciting than the real parade, but it was still a great enough float trip to win the top prize, the Rusty Bucket, in the 4Fs parade. Photo by Gail Banks

The Madison County Fairgrounds will host the annual Floating Flotillas and Fish Fantasies river parade at 11 a.m. Saturday July 23, part of alumni weekend in Twin Bridges.

“You’re just supposed to show up mid morning and basically be kept busy with fun stuff all day,” said Heather Puckett, chairperson for the 5K Run.

Activities for the event include the Pete Novich Memorial Roping contest, Cow Pie Golf Tournament, duck races, a scavenger hunt and barbecue lunch in addition to the parade and 5K run. There will also be a Farmers Market and children’s games and fly-casting contest.

Aaron Griffin, elementary principal at Twin Bridges School and chairman for this event, hopes to draw a couple hundred people from around the community.

“Its just a day to bring the town together and have fun on the water,” Griffin said.

The highlight of the day is the floating parade, which attracts twenty-some floats from year to year and has the reputation of a spectator event.

“Because it’s around water, all bets are off,” Puckett said. “You can expect to get wet. People that are on the floats can get hit by water balloons, and vise versa. The crowd has been known to be sprayed by water cannons.”

Cash prizes are awarded to the best floats in the parade, with the first place “Rusty Bucket” winner taking home $500.

Parade chairperson Joy Day encourages people to get out and enjoy the spectacle.

“All you’ve got to do is get a little bit of color on an inner tube or a boat and go down the river,” she said.

For Day, the best part is just the uniqueness of having a parade “that actually goes down the river verses down the highway.”

One of the more popular activities from last year’s event was the Cow Pie Golf Tournament, “which really isn’t cow pie,” said Day. “Last year was the first year they did that, it turned out to be a riot.”

Local businesses sponsor a hole on the course and then create the approach to it, similar to miniature golf.

“It has to be golf-able, but they can be pretty fun,” Puckett said of the obstacles.

These include ramps, tires and even the highway that runs along side the fairgrounds.

As for the best part of the day, Puckett says “It’s just a sense of community, getting to see people because it’s also alumni weekend here in Twin Bridges.”

“Its rural America at its best,” said Day.

For more information contact Aaron Griffin at 596 – 0187 or email


Event Schedule

9 a.m.   – 5K run

11 a.m. – Floating Parade and Pete Novich Memorial Roping Contest

12 p.m. – Barbecue, Kids Games, Casting for Prizes

1 p.m. – Duck Race and  Scavenger Hunt

1:30 p.m. – Cow Pie Golf Tournament

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