Community Interest

New Melle Festival Parade — Wow! What a Turn Out!

The New Melle Festival Parade was held Saturday, June 16th, and the turnout was amazing. Over 40 participants registered for the event.

There were 15 (yes, fifteen) actual "floats" from businesses and organizations, plus three sets of clowns, plus several other UTVs, Vans, pick-ups, antique/classic cars, and lots of dump trucks! There were numerous walking groups including Francis Howell Football players and cheerleaders, students from Daniel Boone Elementary, St. Charles County Ambulance District Honor Guard, members of Girl Scout Troop 427 on horseback, members of the Boone Country 4-H Club, and Patriot Guard motorcycle riders. The parade lasted about 45 minutes from start to finish.

There were two winning floats. 1st place in the business category went to:  Grace Hauling "Good Times at the Festival". The prize was free advertising at NMSR for a year.

1st Place in the non-profit category was St. John’s UCC-Cappeln with "Food Times/Picnic at the Church". They will receive a cash prize. 

Serving as Grand Marshals this year were representatives of the New Melle Fire Department Board of Directors – Mike Moore, John Loyd and Rick Massey. 

While several participants threw out candy for the little ones, there were a number of floats giving out other items to the spectators, including hot dogs, chicken wings, freeze pops, T-shirts, koozie cups, Frisbees, hats, beads, hair care products, stickers (and maybe a little New Melle Well Water here and there!) Kids that participated in the parade received vouchers for a free hot dog and drink at the festival grounds following the parade. 

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard over the past few months to rejuvenate the parade. And a big "Thank You" to all who put in the time and effort to create, build and decorate a float. The result was a fantastic parade – one for record books – and a great example of a community "Where old friends meet and new friends greet." 



1. Grace Hauling #1 web IMG_4285.jpg
1st Place Business Category: Grace Halling "Good Times at the Festival"


2. st. Johns Picnic web IMG_4371.jpg
1st Place non-profit: St. John's UCC-Cappeln "Food Times/Picnic at the Church"


3. Intelligent Plumbing Well water web IMG_4266.jpg
Intelligent Plumbing Solutions - New Melle Well Water
(Wearing T-shirts representing the ingredients - Gin, Squirt, Lemons, Limes, Ice.)

4. A & S SepticI web MG_4457.jpg
A & S Septic "Farm Living is the Life"


5. axiom web IMG_4397.jpg
Axiom Product Solutions "This is how we roll, This is how we ride."


6. Blondin web IMG_4427.jpg
Blondin Professional Real Estate "Home Town New Melle"


7. catala web IMG_0055.jpg
Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique - "Small Town America"


8. 4-h web IMG_4342.jpg
Boone Country 4-H Club - Sponsored by Short Stop's Convenience Store.


9. Griffey web IMG_0061.jpg
Griffey Construction

10. work horse web IMG_4401.jpg
Work Horse Construction


11. New Melle Baptistweb IMG_4345.jpg
New Melle Baptist Church "Honoring God and Country"


12. Lizs web IMG_4416.jpg
Liz's Bar and Grill, "Good times at Liz's"


13. Fire side web IMG_4352.jpg
Fireside Bar and Grill "Winging it at Fireside"

14. Welge web IMG_4380.jpg
BJW Construction Services, "Fishing for a good time"


15. Shellert Clowns web IMG_4311.jpg
Schellert Family "In Memory of Fred Schellert"


16. Opfer Missy clowning around town web IMG_4384.jpg
Missy Opfer, "Clowning Around Town"


17. wildschuetz clowns web IMG_4323.jpg
Wildschuetz Bros Trucking Clowns

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Pocket of Preschool Academy "Fun in the Pool"


For more photos from the parade click here.