The liquid sunshine didn’t wash away the fun we had celebrating June Dairy Month during the Tillamook County June Dairy Parade on Saturday, June 23. The decorated cars still rolled down the road, the marching bands still marched, and the dancers still danced. And among all of the cleverly decorated floats was our own float, accompanied by a Loaf Love mini bus and walking brigade made up of TCCA employees and farmer-owners and their families.
Our mission: Use the parade’s theme, “Just Milk It,” to create a float for the Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador and her court to ride on in the parade. The result: One very cool looking float that not only took first place in the agricultural floats division, but was awarded Grand Sweepstakes for being the best entry overall.
Planning began in April. And several weeks and several build nights later, our float was ready for the parade. A group of TCCA employees, who volunteer their time and energy each year, conceptualized a miniature Tillamook Cheese Factory, complete with silver silos and a conveyor that delivered over-sized Tillamook products into a shopping bag. A little engineering, construction, painting, and attaching of silver fringe and sparkly bits, and our float was ready for the parade.
The crowds loved it! Or maybe they were cheering because we were handing out free cheese and loaf-ism buttons. Regardless, the float was impressive and we all had a wonderful time.
Mark your calendars now! The Tillamook County June Dairy Parade, sponsored by TCCA, is always the fourth Saturday in June. See you next year!