MARYVILLE, Mo. — While traditional entries dominated the Nodaway County Fair Parade on Saturday, there was some new blood as well.
Participating in the parade for the first time this year were staff members from Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville, the new name of the local hospital acquired April 1 by St. Joseph-based Mosaic Life Care from longtime corporate parent SSM Health.
In line with the 2019 fair theme “Find Your Treasure,” the Mosaic entry took the form of a pirate ship complete with cannons and valuables spilling from a treasure chest that were variously labeled “check for diabetes,” “lung cancer scan,” “well child check,” “update immunizations,” “breast exams” and “know your numbers.”
Marchers accompanying the float wore blue T-shirts blazoned with a slogan intended to underscore the former St. Francis Hospital’s continued commitment to the Maryville community: “Long legacy, new name.”
The entry was rewarded with the first-place trophy in the commercial division.
But while Mosaic used the parade as a moment in which to create new traditions, old traditions still persisted as a long train of entries organized by longstanding local businesses and institutions rolled down West Fourth Street.
Laura Street Baptist Church led the pack, winning both the best organizational float trophy and President’s Choice award.
And, as ever, vintage tractors and cars — along with shiny new vehicles and state-of-the-industry farm implements — drew waves and smiles from hundreds of onlookers lining the sidewalk as children scrambled for candy tossed by marchers onto the pavement.
Helping lead off the procession was Grand Marshal Teresa Hayes of United Country Realty along with Little Mr. and Miss Nodaway County, Camden Marriott and Aubrey Sanders.
As in past years, the 2019 parade was hosted and organized by the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce.