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Representative Chris Tague and Senator Peter Oberacker at the 4th of July parade in Springfield

Fire departments from all over the area took part in this huge parade!

By Alexis Pencar

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield held its famous 4th of July parade last Thursday, July 4, 2024! This parade has been around for a long time and enjoyed a great turnout of participants and spectators. As they say, “Springfield is the place to be on the 4th of July!”

This year it was hot and a few clouds passed through as hundreds of people lined up on the street in Springfield! Stewart’s was there too, serving ice cream!

The parade started promptly at 11am and lasted about an hour!!

The extensive parade line-up included:

Colorguard – Cooperstown Veteran Club – Marching Unit and Vehicle, Grand Marshal – CVS Lady Patriots Varsity Basketball Team, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Marching Band, Springfield Fire Department – ​​Marching Unit and Apparatus, Cherry Valley-Springfield Girl Scout Troop 967 – Marching Unit, Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department – ​​Marching Unit and Apparatus, Farm Credit East – Float, Uncle Sam, Ames for the Skies 4H – Marching Unit, Cooperstown Community Band, Cooperstown Fire Department – ​​Marching Unit and Apparatus, Stella – Pogostick, Glimmerglass Festival – Float, Cherry Valley Fire Department – ​​Marching Unit and Apparatus, AM Vets Brad Schrell Memorial Squad – Marching Unit and Vehicle, NBT Bank – Float, Kalee Sanders – Queen, Daughters of the American Revolution – Float, Fly Creek Fire Company – Marching Unit, Auxiliary and Apparatus, Whiteman-Hull-Snyder American Legion Post 1360 and Auxiliary, Owen D. Young Central School Drumline, Volunteer Fire Department Richfield Springs – Marching Unit, Auxiliary & Apparatus, Springfield High Meadows 4H Club – Youth Wagon, Parker Miller – Quad, Josh Riley for Congress, Honor and Remember Rhino, Otsego County 40-8 Voiture 944 – Wagon, Ames Fire Department – Marching Unit, Apparatus, Auxiliary & Wagon, Happy Haggs Dance Troupe, Milford Fire Department – Marching Unit & Apparatus, Otsego District 9 Assemblyman Keith McCarty, Schenevus Maryland Fire Department – Marching Unit & Apparatus, Casler Flower Farm – Doodlebug & Youth Wagon, Assemblyman Chris Tague & Senator Peter Oberacker – Wagon, Vet Army Engineers, Worcester Hose Company – Marching Unit, Auxiliary, Apparatus & Drum Corps, South Minden Volunteer Fire Department – Marching Unit & Apparatus, East Worcester Hose Company – Marching Unit & Apparatus, Bill Coveny – 1972 Plymouth Roadrunner, Make America Caftan Again – Float, The First Baptist Church of Springfield – Float for Youth, Hartwick Fire Department Company #1 – Appliance, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Van Hornesville Fire Department – Appliance, Miller Children – Youth Float, Mount Vision Fire Department – Appliance, Derby Cars, Grimm Family – Truck and Quads, Pierstown Grange #793 – Float, CHR Racing, J. Gorman Fine Jewelry – Float, Hu-Hill Farm Store – Tractor and Float,

Otsego County Office of Emergency Management, Randy Schaffer, Stocking – tractor, Bright Stars of Cooperstown – youth wagon, Hartwick Fire Department Company #2 – equipment, David Burch – 1931 Model A Ford Roadster, Valley Brook Farm – military jeep, 1929 Chevy pickup and wagon, Springfield truck and tractor, Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department – equipment, Deer Run Campground – tractor and wagon, Roger MacMillan – 1930 Model A Ford, Otsego Golf Club – golf cart, Roseboom Antique Power Days, Adam Prime, Red Knights Motorcycle Club – Chapter 44, Otsego County, Superior Plus Energy Services, West Exeter Fire Department – equipment, Wally Auto Group, Franklin Doodlebug Club, Tom McMillan, West Laurens Fire Department – equipment, Star Struck Trucking, Buell Fuels & Center State Propane, Otsego County EMS – ambulance, James Grogan, Young Family – horse and wagon, Windy Ridge – tractor and wagon, Windy Ridge Barrel Crew, horses – Mackenzie Daley, Isabella Hear and Spruce Ridge Truck & Excavation.

The parade ended at the old Springfield Elementary School where there was a chicken BBQ, games, music and more! The Cooperstown Community Band played upbeat tunes to the delight of all! This was the 130th year of the 4th of July parade and it was a huge success for this small and mighty community!