Farming was the theme for the 36th year of the parade, and about 10 community groups decorated floats to be judged on originality and design. Several other organizations – including Boy and Girl Scouts, local marching bands and political candidates – also participated, waving to the large crowds that gathered along the parade route.
After the parade ended, the community was invited to the 14th annual Cortland Festival at Cortland Community Park, where children enjoyed bounce houses, a climbing slide and food from local vendors.
Judi Butler, one of the event organizers, said the festival started when two Cortland children asked the mayor to host a parade and the mayor agreed, thus beginning the popular tradition. The parade’s theme is different every year, and Butler said that it was time that farming was honored.
“We like to get the community involved and out so they can meet their neighbors,” she said. “Farmers are hardworking people in our community. They feed us and have been taking care of us forever. I come from a farming family, and I know how hard they work, so it’s nice to show appreciation.”
DeKalb Cortland Parade and Festival