With the sound of sirens and horns from the engines of the local fire station, the annual Raymond Parade was officially under way. Residents and visitors lined the two parallel roads in town as the entries passed and circled through the historic foothill town.
The Raymond Parade and Crafts Fair featured 40 entries and an equal number of booths by local artisans at the Community Center, where the parade began on a warm Saturday afternoon. The Raymond Museum was also open during the day.
Earlier, the food and crafts booths were busy as patrons perused unique items including jewelry, wood carvings, leather and art. Kids enjoyed bounce houses and a giant slide.
According to Raymond Parade committee member Judy Leonard, this was probably the largest number of booths in the 26-year history of the event. The parade and fair benefit the building of a community center...