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Members of the Winchester High School Class of 1968 ride in Saturday’s Winchester Community Picnic parade. The procession down Main Street featured about 70 entries.
Members of the Winchester High School Class of 1968 ride in Saturday’s Winchester Community Picnic parade. The procession down Main Street featured about 70 entries.Photo:
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WINCHESTER — A parade, car show and pageant drew hundreds of people Saturday to the Scott County seat.
About 70 entries traveled down Winchester’s Main Street as part of the annual Winchester Community Picnic and Car Show.
“It was very heartwarming to see the number of entries in the parade this year and the creativity shown by the participants,” said Becky Bigelow of Winchester, who co-chaired the event with Nichole Mason of Winchester. “I saw an increase in the number of floats this year. That was exciting. We would love to see more floats in the coming years.”
More than 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the Winchester square and side streets downtown for the celebration’s car show.
During the car show, there were door prizes, a 50/50 raffle drawing, poker walk and judging of vehicles.
The celebration also featured a pageant, at which a little miss, junior miss and queen were crowned.
“One thing that the celebration committee added this year was a $500 college scholarship that went to the queen,” Mason said.
“To make the celebration happen, we solicit donations from the community,” Mason said. “Without the help of dozens of individuals and businesses, the celebration wouldn’t be possible.”
Saturday’s activities also included a petting zoo, pony rides and burgoo.
Volunteers spent Friday night preparing burgoo for the celebration. They chopped up piles of vegetables and added them to eight beef shank bones, 12 ox tails and 12 roasting hens that were cooking in a 65-gallon cast-iron kettle over a wood fire.
“We use Mark Allan’s family recipe for the burgoo,” said Chalmer Herring of Winchester, soup maker and member of Pioneer Lodge 70 of the Winchester Odd Fellows, which provides the burgoo for the town’s annual celebration. “We have to call [Mark Allan] and tell him how many gallons we’re making, and then he provides the right amount of the family’s recipe of spices. It’s important to continue the tradition and pass along the knowledge of how burgoo is made so the younger generation can continue making it.”
Bigelow and Mason spoke about the importance of holding the celebration.
“As a lifetime resident of Winchester, this event is an important tradition for our community,” Bigelow said. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make this successful.”
Mason said the event was created to give local organizations a way to raise money for various projects.
“It also provides a great opportunity for the community to get together,” she said.
Greg Olson can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1224, or on Twitter @JCNews_Greg.
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