Prize winners in the New Melle Festival parade were Joerling Bros Trucking (Best Commercial) for their float depicting the movie "Hangover"; and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Best Nonprofit) for depicting the movie, "Toy Story".
Other top point earners were Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique for the movie "Gilligan's Island"; Work Horse Construction for the movie "Cars", and Grace Hauling/On the Go for "Smokey and the Bandit". There were several other entries that opted not to participate in the judging, including Hair Care by Rita - "Jurassic Park"; St. Paul's Lutheran Church - "The Greatest Story Ever Told", St. John's UCC - "Batman", plus walking groups and other organizations. The 2019 Grand Marshalls were Gene and Flo Joerling - driven by their daughters Michell and Maelynn.
The parade was led by Don Joerling and Jerry Bruns, transporting flags on their vehicles and representing the New Melle VFW. There were followed by the St. Charles County Ambulance District Honor Guard. The New Melle Fire Department participated with three trucks and a UTV.
The parade lasted about 1/2 hour, and was enjoyed by a large crowd of spectators lining the streets. Thanks to everyone who participated, plus the event planners and volunteers -- proof once again that people working together is a wonderful attribute of this community.
* Photos by of Ida Hoffmann-Randall.