Last day for parade entries

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Today is the last day entry forms for the Desert Empire Fair Parade can be turned in. Organizer Kathy Armstrong got special permission to extend the deadline from Oct. 8 (which was a holiday) to today.

If you want to be in the parade and have not yet turned in your form, call Armstrong right now at 760-375-2643, and she will arrange to come out and pick up your form. Do not mail it, as it has to be received today.

You can also fax it to the DEF Office at 760-375-8134.

The parade itself is set for Oct. 20, starting at 10 a.m.

“We have lots of last-minute entries coming in,” said Arm-strong. “It’s wonderful! We’re so pleased to be saving our parade.”

The parade’s grand marshal will be Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Acting Vice Commander Capt. Michael L. “Woody” Peoples.

The Community Emergency Response Team, will deliver barricades and “no parking” street signs along the parade route on Friday, Oct. 19. Armstrong said CERT will also have an entry in the parade. “The Police Department is very happy to have them on site to help,” she said.

She asked everyone to be aware of the route and which streets will be closed off, in case you need to get somewhere in the area during the morning of the parade.

Entries will line up on Las Flores Avenue facing east and start from the corner of Las Flores and Sanders Street, turning south onto Balsam Street, west onto West Ridgecrest Boulevard, north onto Norma Street and east onto Las Flores to finish up where they started.

Participants will need to enter the staging area from China Lake Boulevard (which will remain open to traffic) west on Felspar Avenue, then south on Sanders behind Home Depot.

Look an awning with tables under it, where you can sign in and get instructions for how to line up. Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m.

For you radio listeners, tune in to The Coyote at 93.7 for announcements about the parade from Eric Kauffman. He will also be the announcer during the parade, which will be broadcast live as it happens.

Entries confirmed so far include local businesses, antique cars, clubs, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, candidates for office and much, much more. So come on out either as part of the parade or as a spectator ready to admire all the entertainment that is being assembled just for you!

Story First Published: 2012-10-10