A hot time in Old Town


Staff writer

Those who didn’t feel up to facing the blazing sun on Saturday morning to see the Whaling Days Grand Parade missed out on a dandy time put on by the Silverdale Dandy Lions. Temperatures during the parade, which was in downtown Silverdale, soared to the high 80s.

“I actually thought it was pretty good,” said parade organizer and Silverdale Dandy Lion Jan Lamphere. “Everyone was well-behaved. I thought there’d be more upset people because it was so hot, but most people took it in stride.”

The parade attendance wasn’t as strong near the end of the parade, however.

“Near the end, people had to leave,” she said. “It was just too hot.”

For those who did not attend or who did but didn’t stay until the end, the parade will be broadcast at noon on Sunday on BKAT.

Other than the heat, Lamphere said the turnout was wonderful. A couple of people told her they attend a lot of parades and the Whaling Days was one of the best-organized ones they’d attended.

“Kudos like that we can take,” she said. She added that the parade wouldn’t have been successful without the judges. The judges were Tex Lewis, Whaling Days’ Grand Parade grand marshal; Rear Adm. Mel Williams, commander, Submarine Group Nine; Greg Lynch, superintendent of Central Kitsap School District; Capt. Douglass Biesel, commanding officer, Naval Base Kitsap; Capt. Carol Hoffman, commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Puget Sound; Capt. Richard Moyer, commander, Trident Training Facility; and Dick Drew, Rotary District 5020 governor.

“The Silverdale Dandy Lions are grateful to the judges and judges’ families who braved the heat on the parade stand,” Lamphere said.

The judges’ results are in:

Grand marshal’s award — Klahowya cheer squad

Judges’ choice — Central Kitsap Unicyclists

King Lions’ award — Sequim Irrigation Festival

Best use of theme — Ridgetop/Wellington Apartments

Adult fun — Peninsula Sailing Club, first place; Klahowya football team, second place; Lefties’ 1949 John Deer tractor, third place.

Band — Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee, first place; Port Orchard Eagles Aerie 2338 Auxillary kitchen band, second.

Baton drill — U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, first place; Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office honor guard, second place; Silverette Juniors, third place.

Child fun — Sunrise Rotary Soapbox Derby, first place; Montessori School, second place; Girl Scout Totem Council, third place.

Commercial — Bon Macy’s, first place; Silverdale Fitness and Kitsap Physical Therapy, second place; Silverdale Water District, third place.

Float — Navy Region Northwest/Navy League, first place; Bremerton Sons of Norway, second place; Central Kitsap Kiwanis, third place.

Fraternal — Kitsap County Shrine Club, first place; Silverdale Masonic Lodge No. 311, second place.

Mounted — Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Posse, first place; Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Queen, second place, Miss Teen Rodeo Washington 2004, third place.

Royalty — Miss American Rose, first place; Mrs. Washington International, second place; South Kitsap Junior Miss, third place.

Vehicles — West Sound Vehicles Collectors Club, first place; Puget Sound Military Vehicles Collectors Club, first place; Puget Sound Miata, second place; Quadra Pods, third place.

Veterans — U.S. Submarine Veterans, first place; Kitsap County Veterans’ Coalition, second place.

The parade winners can call Lamphere at (360) 692-0883 to arrange the pickup of their awards.

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