BUCKFIELD — Cedric Abbott continued his family's tradition Monday of participating in the annual Labor Day parade, driving a 1936 Silver King tractor his grandfather purchased new that year.
His daughter, Michelle Bourget, said her father first joined the Labor Day procession in 1976 driving a 1948 Jeep. She said she remembers being a child standing on the running board of her grandfather's car as he participated in the town's celebration each September.
This year she and her five children formed the Rock of Ages group to highlight the parade's rock 'n' roll theme. Molly, her 10-year-old daughter, portrayed Tina Turner, dancing in high-heel shoes as her brother Sam played guitar. Lilly and Katey sported parade-themed shirts they created, and Sophia danced in her poodle skirt.
Also getting into the spirit of the parade was Michelle's husband, Scott, who volunteered as a driver for the Swap Shop truck. Three passengers tossed small stuffed animals and beads to those along the parade route.
"The children have taken on most of the work this year, so all Michelle has to do is drive" the float, he said.
Several hundred people lined routes 117 and 140 to enjoy the parade, which included Matthew Turcotte driving a small mower pulling a trailer carrying children tossing candy while his mother and father walked beside him.
Girl Power fitness group also entertained.
Many people visited the Historical Society to do research and provide information to the society.
After the parade, people enjoyed food and music at the ball field behind the Municipal Building. Numerous vendors offered a variety of foods, including sausages, pies, pulled-pork and other fare. The band SKOSH played, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Recreational Committee member Randy Buswell and Town Manager Dana Lee said they were pleased with the turnout at this year's 30th Labor Day celebration.