DAZEd and amused

LIVERMORE – Miranda Barnett, of LuVerne, helped pass an important lesson onto her daughters Jordann Barnett, 8, and Kylie Barnett, 9, Saturday morning as they were getting ready to enjoy the parade during the Livermore DAZE celebration.

You have to put your hand through the handle of one side of the plastic bag being used to collect all the candy being tossed off the floats – it improves your ability to pick it up.

“It’s pretty important on a day like today,” Miranda Barnett said. “It’s a trick I learned when I was a kid.”

She’s attended the parade for many years and rates it quite favorably for a decent candy haul.

“They’re pretty generous,” she said.

She was planning on enjoying some time in the city park and pool after the parade and then an evening at the street dance.

“We got a baby sitter for the girls,” she said.

Deb Burres, of Eagle Grove, was watching the parade with her family and Lucky, the family dog.

She was using both her phone and a camera to record the passing tractors that made up several blocks of the parade.

“My husband is on one of the John Deeres,” she said. “I love the antique tractors.”

Constructed from PVC pipe, fabric, hose clamps and several small wagon wheels, the float Diane Amundson and her husband Eric, rode in the parade was built using a bicycle built for two.

The winged creation was originally built to help promote the 2004 RAGBRAI overnight stop in Fort Dodge. Eric Amundson did the work himself.

It’s gone through a few changes.

“Our wing was larger,” Diane Amundson said. “It wasn’t as flyable and it only had a single rider bike.”

It’s seen many parade since then and has had a few field repairs.

“It broke at the LuVerne parade,” she said. “We just zip-tied it and went on.”

The couple have even figured out a way to safely toss out the single wrapped mints and tiny foam airplanes to the crowd. Eric, in the lead, wears a backpack containing the parade favors, Diane, on the rear seat, simply reaches in, grabs a handful and lets them fly.

Ehlers Weston, 4, of Whittemore, got to ride in the parade with his grandfather, Randy Berte, of Livermore, atop his restored International Harvester tractor.

They had slightly underestimated how much candy was going to be needed.

“When we made the last turn, we ran out,” Berte said.

While many of the tractors’ owners in the parade would go on to enjoy the tractor ride, the duo were not among them.

“He’s a little young to ride that far,” Berte said.

The parade was going to be it for Berte; his afternoon would be spend working on a tractor.

“I have hay to bale,” he said.

Sheila Scroggins, of Salem, Ore., graduated from Twin Rivers High School in 1984. She was the homecoming queen and class president. She rode on the float with the other members of her 24-person, evenly divided 12-man, 12-woman class that had returned.

She got to help plan their reunion – apparently by default.

“I was senior class president in 1984,” she said. “I didn’t realize my reign carried through to 30 years later.”

She enjoyed the process of trying to track all of them down – many could be located via social media but a few required some good old-fashioned detective work.

“I called one girl’s small-town convenience store,” she said.

It worked: They knew her there and helped Scroggins make the connection.

Other events during the day included a horseshoe and volleyball tournament, children’s games, free swimming at the city pool, food by both the Girl Scouts and American Legion and finally, Vic Ferrari performing a concert with the Livermore Fire Department serving food.