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Winners named in Nitro All-Horse Parade

The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.

The parade included 76 horses, ponies and donkeys. It preceded other centennial activities, including the dedication of the city’s new Living Memorial Park.

“We were pleased with the turnout of participants and viewers for the parade,” Susan Valleau, parade organizer, said in a media release. “Many horses served alongside soldiers in both World War I and World War II, so the parade honored both the veterans and the horses from those wars.”

The winners include:

· Best Patriotic Group: Circle M Ranch, first place, and Tyler Mountain Stables, second place

· Best Decorated Wagon with a World War Theme: George Sizemore, first place; Grande Vouche, second place; and Tyler Mountain Stables, third place

· Best-Dressed World War I Doughboy Soldier: Blair Walker

· Best-Dressed World War II Soldier: Loren McGraw

· Best Patriotically Dressed Individual Rider: Kay Mikeal, first place; Gracie Garnes, second place; and Robin Chestnut, third place

· Youngest Rider: Blair Walker

· Oldest Rider: Pam Brewer.

Cash prizes totaling $1,700 and other prizes were available for the parade, which was the first of its kind in Nitro.

The All-Horse Parade was one in a series of events this year to celebrate Nitro’s founding a century ago by the federal government as a center for manufacturing gunpowder for World War I. About 2,500 horses, including about 500 riding horses and about 1,500 working horses, were used in the creation of Nitro. The community also had a mounted police force.


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