Saturday’s 33rd annual Doo Dah Parade got off to a flying start with the flyover of four small airplanes, billed as the “Fawnskin Air Force” (which included the Grand Poobah, Wolfgirl, Incognito and Ricochet) and a procession of firetrucks, including those of the County Fire Department’s station #49 in Fawnskin, the Baldwin Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s new yellow truck, and the San Bernardino National Forest. This year’s event drew about 40 entries and though the ongoing water fight between the Moose Lodge and Lions Club was missed, the Doo Dah was still fun and wacky—and still included plenty of water guns and silly string and candy to the crowd along the North Shore on a hot and sunny morning. Trophies were awarded to the Chambermaids’ Flappers and Cow-pokes for Best Service Club entry, Best Kids went to those who entered as A Doo Dah Day, Best Overall title was given to Jonna Kemper on behalf of Hamilton Ranch Estates in an Old Miners-outfitted 1926 Model T, and proving that anything goes in the Doo Dah, the Moonridge Zoo’s Poop-Busters entry took home the trophy for Best Adult entry—perhaps due in part to the appearance of Rec & Park’s Reese Troublefield in a cameo as a big piece of, well, poop. Other entries and highlights of the Doo Dah Parade included 13-year-old Grand Marshall (and world-class mountaineer) Jordan Romero on his bike (before participating in the Multisport Competition immediately after the parade), the North Shore Improvement Agency’s Never-Marching Band, the Bear Valley Dandies Barbershop quartet singing along in a ’47 Dodge, the return of the “Flatlanders,” the equestrians of Camp Whittle, and a thorough representation of the Valley’s musicians, under the banner of the Local Working Musicians Union #69.
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