The 66th annual parade kicked off Hesperia Days on September 20, starting with a 5K event. The Kiwanis parade had about 75 entries including floats, marching bands, dance and sports groups, and lots more. Spectators lined up early along Main Street for good seats to watch the show roll by.
This year the parade theme was Reduce, reuse, recycle. Re-love Hesperia. Advance Disposal’s float won the Theme Trophy. Mayor’s Trophy went to Eucalyptus Elementary School and the Hesperia Wrangler Queens won the Residents Trophy.
Robert Pine, 73, best known for his role in CHiPs as Sgt. Joseph Getraer, served as grand marshal for the second time in the parade’s history.
After the parade, more fun awaited both Saturday and Sunday at Hesperia Lake Park, with live music, vendors, bounce houses, a rock wall, carnival games, bungee-jumping, demonstrations and more.
Musical acts included the Roaries, Red River Band, Blue Henrys , Phoenix Rising, The Working Poets, Lady and the Tramps, and Under Construction. A fireworks display topped it all off at night.
Another fun event was the Great Duck Race held on Sunday afternoon, where hundreds of ducks are dropped in to float down the stream. A $20 donation bought a ticket in the race with proceeds benefitting free programs for local low-income seniors through the Victor Valley Community Services Council. Participants who purchased Ducks for the race had one chance to win $1,000 for the first to cross the finish line, plus $250 for finishing last. Ten won $25 each if their duck got stuck at a designated point.