The Wykoff Fall Fest grand parade the morning of Saturday, Sept. 23, will have a variety of units, many which will be distributing items for the children.

“There’ll be free candy — everybody’s got a sweet tooth,” said Wykoff Fall Fest grand parade organizer Lynn Kidd.

The grand parade had about 75 units last year and Kidd is expecting a similar number this year. The lineup will likely include veterans, horses, church groups, class reunions, thespians, piglets and pups and an occasional politician. 

“There’ll be at least one horse, ridden by a member of the Ernest Peterson family. Ernest’s family has been doing this for more than 70 years, even way back when I was a little guy, so his son, Normen’s family will be riding in the parade with the flag,” said Kidd.  “There will be a big first part of the parade that will be veterans and memorials, about five minutes, a big influx of veterans for our salute to veterans.  There’ll be church floats, class reunions, tractors and more.  But there’s free candy.”

The “Big Kidd” invited everyone to set up their lawn chairs along Gold Street to see the parade proceed from the school down to the south end of town, starting at 11 a.m. 

“We’re hoping for good weather, but rain or shine, the parade goes on. Bring a bag for candy,” he said.

After the parade, it’s tradition for everyone to go uptown to the fire hall, where there’s polka music by the “New Blue Denim Farmers” and “Casey and the Good-Timers,” as well as by deejay Ron Scheevel, and several places to dine — either at the fire hall with the Lions Club or across the way with the United Methodists.