LOUISBURG — Charli Kay decided to take a short nap before the start of the annual Labor Day celebration Monday, Sept. 2, in downtown Louisburg.

The 15-day-old baby, flanked by her mother Lindsay Ogden and grandmother Dreama Werner, wanted to be wide awake for her first parade.

She was among hundreds of people who lined Broadway Street to watch the 45-minute parade that featured everything from antique tractors to a young cowboy riding a mechanical bull.

Several churches, politicians, businesses, the Louisburg High School marching band, American Legion and VFW veterans, fire and police department vehicles and numerous other entries, including some floats, took part in the parade.

The color guard received warm applause as it marched up Broadway to lead the procession.

After the parade, scores of people migrated to Legion Park where the celebration continued with a kids obstacle course, kiddie train rides and a kiddie tractor pull, face painting, a dinner sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion, bingo, raffles, live music by the Fox Hall Band and other activities Monday afternoon.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office also was on hand with the county’s mobile command center. Several representatives of the department, including Sheriff Frank Kelly, greeted residents as they stepped closer to take a look at the command center.

A truck and tractor pull was scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, but it was canceled due to wet and muddy conditions, after storms dumped 5 to 7 inches of rain in parts of the county Thursday night and early Friday morning.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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