July 18, 2007 CAPAC — From pageant queens to marching bands, family floats and famous faces, Capac's Sesquicenten-nial parade is shaping up to be an exciting event.
Organizer Lori Hackelberg acknowledged that more than 80 entries were expected for the 6 p.m. parade.
"We have a lot of entries and that should make it great," she said.
'Capac Through the Decades' is the event's theme and Hackelberg said she's grateful to have secured an entry for just about every decade.
One of those early decade floats will be sponsored by Mussey Twp. With resident Wendy Sigle at the helm, a sewing frenzy has been under way to create period costumes for their creation '1860s in Mussey Twp.'
On Monday, one of the seamstresses, Lynn Kloc, fitted Jill Lauwers for her dress.
In addition to Kloc and Sigle, Marsha Ruhlman, Judy Palmieri and Fay Sewell gave of their time to create nine costumes.
"This is a lot of sewing," Sigle said in the midst of piecing together outfits for Kaitlyn and Collin Kain and her kids, Utah and Madison Osmialowski.
Others on the float will include Lissy McDonald, Erin Lauwers, Cassidy Tullio and Connie Kain.
Besides the costumed kind, Sigle has managed to gather several decade appropriate props including an old butter churner, pitchfork and more.
Family floats will include entries from the Jurns, Steuvers and Hunters. The Winter Rovers Snowmobile Club will harken to their 40th anniversary in their entry. Pageant queens from local communities will wave to the crowds including Imlay City's Little Miss Blueberry and Capac's newly crowned Miss Capac and local 4-H royalty.
The high school's own marching band and cheerleaders will bring some music to the streets.
Some of the familiar faces will include Grand Marshal Harold Schoenman and Capac native and former mayor of Detroit Roman Gribbs.
From the high school, the parade will head east to Main Street, south on Main Street and then east on Church Street before heading south onto Walker Street. From there it will wind its way west to Meier and cross Main Street again before heading north on Glassford. Signs and small flags will mark the route.
Streets within the route will be closed to all traffic starting at 5 p.m.
For a complete schedule and in-depth coverage of the four-day event, see our special insert in today's paper.