Annual festival, Grande Parade draw thousands here

Published 4:23 am Friday, September 28, 2007

By By ERIKA PICKLES / Niles Daily Star
NILES – The Apple Festival Grande Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The parade will run its usual route, starting at Second and Sycamore Streets, going up Main Street to Broadway, from Broadway it will take a left on 15th Street and end at the Niles High School Parking lot.
There are 120 units in this year's parade, and spectators can plan on seeing plenty of well-docrated floats, unique costumes, tons of candy and even a few surprises.
Ashley Motuelle and Gina Vangilder were ready were for the parade Thursday evening as the two put on their 1890s attire, which goes along with the theme of their church's float.
Hope Community Church is one of the many units involved with the parade. They went for a "Dixie"-type them, which takes them back in time to the 1800s.
"It's different," Motuelle, a sophomore at Edwardsburg High School, said of her dress.
Motuelle is no stranger to parades, as she admitted she has been in several since she was six years old.
Vangilder, on the other hand, will be riding in her first parade ever and admitted she is excited about it. She's a junior at Niles High School.
"We'll be riding on the float, but I know there are a lot ofpeople involved and a lot will be walking too," Motuelle said.
Here is this year's parade lineup:
1. Police Escorts
2. Cub Scout Pack #550
3. Chemical Bank
4. Grand Marshall
5. Board of Directors
6. Seeding Float
7. Miss &Jr. Miss Apple Festival, Senior King &Queen
8. Youth Parade Winner
9. Youth Parade Winner
10. Old Country Buffet
11. Bob Burch for City Council
12. Creative Cuts
13. Niles High School Marching Band
14. Sheriff Paul Bailey
15. Niles Cheerleaders
16. Hunziker's Nursery
17. The Children's Center
18. Hoosier A Club
19. Niles City Fire Dept.
20. Niles Township Fire Dept.
21. Korean Vets of Southwest Michigan
22. Four Flags Snowmobile Club
23. Miss Poppy
24. Miss Niles – Brandywine
25. Little Miss Niles – Brandywine
26. Mr. &Mrs. Riverfest
27. Ranas New Generation
28. Fred Upton
29. Blossomtime Festival
30. Shirley Wogatzke's 1953 Chevy
31. Eau Claire Bag Ladies
32. WSBT – TV Storm Tracker H2
33. Clark's Service
34. Allied Solutions Specialty Lines
35. Michigan Community Blood Centers
36. Cub Scout Pack #575
37. Niles Haunted House Scream Park
38. Healthworks Kids Museum
39. Ring Lardner Middle School Band
40. Praire Automotive
41. Howard Township Fire Dept.
42. John Schadler's Allis Chalmer
43. Niles District Library
44. State Sen. Ron Jelinek
45. New Carbon Co.
46. Rosco the Clown
47. Coldwell Banker RE Specialists
48. Garwood Heating &Air Conditioning
49. Medic 1 Ambulance
50. David Martin's 1970 International Scout
51. Huntly Baptist Church
52. Miss Buchanan
53. Michiana Recycling &Disposal
54. First Missionary Church
55. Girl Scouts Pack #796, 797, 726
56. Niles Transportation
57. Berrien County Youth Fair Royalty
58. Rise N Shine Cafe
59. Berrien County GOP
60. Buchanan High School Marching Band
61. Huntington National Bank
62. Positively Dance
63. Niles Academy of Performing Arts
64. Girl Scouts
65. Long John Silvers
66. The Lolly Shop
67. Michiana Cruisers
68. Edwardsburg High School Marching Band
69. First Missionary Baptist Church
70. Niles Elite Cheerleading
71. Jack Sparrow &the Black Pearl
72. Niel Nitz
73. Four Seasons Percherons
74. Miss Edwardsburg
75. Battell Twirlers &Poms
76. Hare Krishna Center of Michiana
77. St. Joe Valley Old Engine Assoc.
78. Buchanan Township Fire Dept.
79. TCU Insurance
80. Red Hats "Dizzy Dames"
81. Hope Community Church
82. Ferry Street Flag Girls
83. Miss Galien
84. Niles Shrine Club
85. P.J.'s Puppy Daycare
86. Pokagon United Methodist Church
87. Miss Cass / St. Joe County
88. Blue Star Mothers of America
89. Michiana Two Cylinder Club
90. Mizpah Racing Shriners
91. Michiana Christian Home School Band
92. Pokagon Volunteer Fire Dept.
93. Berrien County Mini Bike Patrol
94. Wesley United Methodist Church
95. Brandywine High School Marching Band
96. The Garbage Company
97. Roger Northrop Jr.
98. Elisha &Nann Davis Scholastic Award
99. Miss Dowagiac
100. Benton Harbor Drill Team
101. ATA Martial Arts
102. Polly's Place / Mary's Inn
103. Vaughn's Towing
104. Michiana Tool Rental
105. Swartz Septic
106. WSBT Radio Stations
107. Mileage Maker
108. Creative Home Furniture &Carpets Plus
109. US Navy Motorized Vehicle
110. Little Miss &Tiny Miss Barry County
111. WSMK Radio
112. Todd Rosenthal's Hummer
113. Children's Shriners Hospital
114. Avon "Now &Then"
115. Niles Dial -A- Ride
116. Chapel Hills Arts &Crafts Show
117. Jeff Griffin's Classic Car
118. Ron Paul for President
119. McDonald's Restaurant
120. Brandywine Girl Scouts