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The Marsh Family & Friends chose to commemorate the 1880s with its "1880s Frontier: Wells Or Bust" float. It placed first in the parade.

This float, "Rocking Out to the '80s" by Crystal Persch (on the other side), Rachel Lauria (sitting), and Maggie Welch (standing), remembers the hair bands of the 1980s, including Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Tesla, Poison, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, and Great White. It placed second in the float contest.

Homemade Pie Contest judges (from left) Lori Collado, John Heaney and Cora Hart are ready to dig in. The winners were: first, Alice Megargle with pineapple pie; second, Crystal Persch with chocolate mousse pie; and third, Kathy Towers with maple pecan pie.

Northpoint Pipe & Drum from Long Island broke out the bagpipes for the parade and was awarded Best Band.


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Monday, August 04, 2014 - Updated: 4:38 PM

It was hot and sunny for the Wells Old Home Days festivities Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2. The swim races and Wacky Race were held Friday at the town beach and the parade Sunday. This year's theme was "Journey Through The Decades." The parade ended not with the traditional sheriff's patrol car bringing up the rear, but with a mouse that ran into the road behind it, perhaps representing "The Green Mile" movie of the 1990s. Parade winners were: Best Band Northport Pipe & Drum; first, 1880's Frontier by The Marsh Family and Friends; second, Rocking Out to the '80s by Crystal Persch, Rachel Lauria, and Maggie Welch; and third, U.S. Armed Forces Protecting us Through the Decades by The Wells Seniors. (Photos/Cristine Meixner)

The little ones line up on the town beach for their swim races as Sue Murphy (in hat) organizes them.

Desiree Gallup of Speculator came in second in Most Original Dive ages 14 and up.

This little guy enjoyed the fire truck ride for toddlers.

Howie Parslow of Piseco entertains before Miss Old Home Days is crowned.

Hammer's Carpentry's float celebrated the 1950s with a representation of a soda fountain, rock and roll, and big finned cars, complete with a soda jerk.

Wells Garden Club's float was "Our American Flag Through The Years."

The rear of the "1880s Frontier: Wells Or Bust" float featured a wanted man reading the news in an outhouse. The "newspaper" says, "Wanted. Nate 'The Liar' Lycan. Proclamation $500 Reward" and "1880 Wells NY. Wells Bank Robbed!" Note the sack of "money" at his feet.

Four little mermaids compete in a swim for the youngest girls (from left): Lily Biron, who came in first; Lilianna Wright, who came in second; Rudy Welch; and Kylie Kyle, who placed third.

Ruby Welch hitches a ride back to shore with lifeguard Adrian Collado after competing in Biggest Splash for ages 5 and 6.

This float commemorates the history and founding of the Town of Wells.

A Pretty Good Band played pretty good music during the parade.

What would a parade be without clowns?

The Long Lake Gals Kazoo Band made the trip south to take part in the parade.

The Wells Belles Red Hats commemorated the 1920's Prohibition (1920-1933) and the rise of stills and speakeasies (illicit bars).

Wells Wesleyan Church chose the Roaring Twenties for its float, complete with flappers.

Chelsea Simons rides bareback in the parade.

Hammer's Carpentry's float celebrated the 1950s with a representation of a soda fountain and rock and roll. That's Shannon Brooks in front.

John Frasier (driving) had something on hand to represent the 1940s -- a 1948 Willys Jeepster in pristine condition.

State forest rangers trotted Smokey Bear out for the parade.

Gunar Kyle of Gardner, Kansas came in second in Most Original Dive for ages 7 and 8. Here he is competing in Biggest Splash. His mom Lisa Heaney Kyle, originally from Scotia, summered with her family in Wells for years.

A crowd watches as a Big Splash ages 14 and up contestant jumps off the diving board at the town beach.

The color guard leads off the parade each year.

2014 Miss Old Home Days Maigan Wilson, center, rides in the parade with First Runner Up Sheyenne Beach, left, and Second Runner Up Sarah Darling.

The crowd applauds as a Miss Old Home Days candidate tells why she wants the position.

Children whooped and hollered on the Musical Chains ride.


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