UPDATE: New Parade Photos, Videos Added

Healdsburg Future Farmers County Fair.

NOTE: This story was updated with new photos and videos on Friday, May 25, 2012.

Cheers, screams and applause shook downtown Healdsburg Thursday as more than 60 floats, bands, horses, antique cars and gymnasts strutted through streets lined with spectators.

Lasting more than 90 minutes, the was a rousing mix of cowboys, fire engines, country music, antique cars and small-town pride.

"I really like it," said Kacey Feverstein of Healdsburg, adding that her 3-year-old son loves the firefighters. "It's so cute that they incorporated the little kids in it -- the Cub Scouts, the band."

"It's so fun and festive," added Christina Giannatos of Healdsburg.

As they have for the past five years, and brother Butch Beth shared announcer duties at the judges' stand on Center Street.

"This parade brings out all the locals to support our youth," Todd Beth said of why he loves the parade. "You see a lot people you might not see all year long.

"You get to touch base and enjoy some time with them at the parade -- and then later at the Beth added.

Healdsburg Reserve Police Officer Ian Benner said he and his fellow officers were busy during the parade

"Our focus has been on watching for alcohol violations," Benner said. "We want to make sure everyone has fun and stays safe."

Benner said there were no incidents as of about 7 p.m.

"So far, it's been very peaceful," he said.

Barbara Miksis, co-owner with husband Gary of Rapid Rooter in Healdsburg, said she has attended the parade since she was a little girl. Her favorite parts, she said, are the musical acts and the bands -- especially the Sonoma County Shriners' Band, she said.

"I've been here all my life," said Miksis, 48. "I'm not an implant -- I've been here forever."

The parade marks the official opening of the three-day Healdsburg Future Farmers Country Fair at

To see a schedule for the fair, click here.


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