Lake Point citizens celebrated the 163-year old community with a nod to the past and to rural life Saturday.
Residents showcased their tractors and animals — with horses and goats — in the parade, allowing these staples of this farm town to take a prominent role. Kids with ear-to-ear smiles rode on bicycles, on miniature Model-Ts, on their mother’s laps as they roosted on bales of hay, as well as in mom-powered, modern plastic wagons.
Though the parade was not long, the younger spectators gathered a sufficient amount of parade candy to fill their plastic bags as the queue rolled down Center Street.
A large number of vintage cars also cruised the route and ended up at Lake Point Park for display in the town’s car show.
Local Scout troops took on herald and flag presentation duties to announce the parade and the grand marshal, 47-year-old Lake Point resident Larry Jay Martin. Martin and his granddaughter, Bailey Martin, motored down the road in his 1937 baby blue Ford truck, which he rebuilt and showcased in the park’s car show.
The parade soon ended and residents meandered to the town’s park where the events included food, games and family activities, which continued into the evening.