Annual Bannertown Parade offers salute to armed forces

The Grand Marshals led the Bannertown Parade on Saturday showing their pride. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

MAYFIELD — Local businesses and community members in the Bannertown Parade showed their patriotism and pride for Mayfield with decorated floats that followed the theme of a Salute to the Armed Forces.

Parade goers clapped and cheered as each float passed by decorated in red, white and blue with many dressed as armymen or women.

“It’s just a great parade,” said Shawn Dickenson. “They honor the veterans, the fire department, the volunteers.”

Madilyn Dickenson said the parade was “perfect.”

Some local businesses and community members in the fair this year were the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Mayfield Fire Department, Mayfield Highway Department, Boyscouts, Mayfield Summer Recreation, Mayfield Bar and Grill, Pleasant Square Fire Department, Miss Bannertown, Miss Fulton County, Miss Upstate New York, Romano Acro Dance Academy, Fulton County Emergency Management, Johnstown Fire Department, Henry D. Ross Memorial Fund, Berkshire Fire Company, Zippy’s Ice Cream, Jim’s Baitshop, Fort Johnson’s Fire Department, Meco Fire Company, Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company, Town of Mohawk Fire District and Perth Fire Department.

Jaivyn Simmons, center, and Montrell Simmons ride in the back of a the Hog Wild carnival ride at the Bannertown Fair. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Prior to the parade, Mayor Jamie Ward said he was looking forward to seeing all the different floats.

“I just want to see some of the amazing innovation that I’ve been hearing about and watching our local business and community members show their display for support for the troops.”

This year the theme of the parade was a Salute to Armed Forces which Ward said was a way to show support for the men and women in the armed forces.

“This is our 43rd annual Bannertown Parade. It’s put on by our Mayfield Fire Association and members of the community,” Ward Said. “They have created such an amazing atmosphere for people from around Mayfield and the entire county to come here and enjoy a wonderful weekend of great food, great times. For many of us, this is almost like a reunion because we’re all busy with our lives working and for all of us to kind of reconnect and spend time together is priceless. It’s something key that makes Mayfield such a special place to live.”

Also this year, Ward said for the first time in 35 years they held the Miss Bannertown Beauty Pageant. Ward, Sheriff Richard Giardino and Miss Fulton County judged the pageant.

Parade participants show their patriotism is the Bannertown Parade on Saturday. The theme of the parade was Salute to the Armed Forces. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“That was an awesome experience,” Ward said.

Before the start of the parade Hailey Jones and Lola Hopkins were looking forward to the candy that would be thrown out.

Sarah Jones and Jim Hopkins, who go to the Bannertown Parade every year, sit outside of Sarah’s house to watch the parade.

“Mayfield is a great place to live,” Hopkins said. “Everyone knows everyone, it’s friendly.”

Tucker Yager also said he was looking forward to getting candy.

Finley Frye and her grandfather John Synakowski sat to watch the Bannertown Parade on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Brandon Yager who is a member of the Mayfield Fire Department and Allie Yager said they attend the Bannertown fair every year for all three days.

Allie Yager said she was looking forward to hearing Madd Haus perform Saturday night.

After the parade, Lynn Handy and Julie Handy liked seeing all the different business with their decorated floats.

“It was nice to see the local businesses put effort into it,” Julie Handy said.

She said she also enjoyed seeing the race cars in the parade.

Caterina Fiorauanti, left, Maizy Saunders, and Caitlyn Pettit, right, ride on the ferris wheel at the Bannertown Fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“It was very nice,” said Johns Synakowski. “They had a lot of different things, and everybody was friendly. It was a nice community activity and a perfect day.”

Shown is Wally's Driftwood Park float decorated to following the Salute to the Armed Forces theme in the Bannertown Parade. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Landon Manzer, left, Edward Manzer, Jaden Manzer, right, go slide on one of the carnival rides at the Bannertown Fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Show is the Mayfield Fire Deparment in the Bannertown Parade on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Members of the Lions Club pose for a photo at the Bannertown Fair. From left is Tom Guiffre, Deandra Myers, Tori Ruliffson, Hunter Jones, Bill Suchy and Bob Townsend. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Shown are fair goers thowing axes. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Boyscouts carry flags soluting toops and veterans during the Bannertown Parade. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Zippy's Ice Cream was seen handing out ice cream rather than candy in the Bannertown Parade on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)