Float winners announced from parade by Ally Eckert With song titles as the theme, floats flooded Wakonda's Ohio Street for homecoming on Friday, Sept. 26. Winners were announced at the football game.
In the elementary division third grade and first grade tied for first place honors. Third graders used chicken wire and painted napkins to create their seven-foot wave as they danced with surf boards to Wipe Out.
A pickup full of tiny Johnny Cash look-a-likes with homemade guitars adorned the red balloon Ring of Fire that won for the first-graders.
Second place went to the kindergarteners with Wild Thing. Second-graders took third with Jailhouse Rock.
The competition was tough with other classes putting their best efforts as well. The library and the preschool class together did the song I'm a Little Teapot. The fourth grade chose the song All Star by Smashmouth; fifth-graders used Blue.
The sixth-graders created a float with One Step Closer by Linkin Park.
In the high school and middle school division the eighthgraders received first with One Last Breath. Second place went to the juniors with These Boots Were Made for Walkin'. Third was captured by the freshmen with Fishin' in the Dark.
Others were the seventh-grade class with Another One Bites the Dust while the sophomore class chose Thunderstruck for their theme.
The seniors decided to be clever and use Oops, I Did It Again in which they showed up with last year's float.
Several businesses and groups decided to be in the parade also. Heritage Manor won the business category in floats. Others included Donna Schafer, Meckling Fertilizer, Derby's, and the Knights of Columbus.
The Community Club was in the parade with the song Another One Bites the Dust by Queen.
First Premier bank used the song Gonna Get You Good as their theme. The Wakonda Alumni Association was also in the parade. They had Gordon Jenson, homecoming king in 1953, and Orin Abild, also in the class of '53, riding in the parade.
This year's homecoming king, Nick Skonhovd, and queen, Kim Henriksen, rode in Charlie Logue's convertible.
Also in the parade were the marching bands from Wakonda (first place), Irene (second place) and Viborg (third place).
Enough candy was thrown to supply everyone with plenty of Halloween candy or dentists' bills.