CHESTERTOWN — The weather was ideal Saturday for the annual Halloween parade here, bringing dragons and dinosaurs and Colonel Sanders and Lady Liberty downtown. There were not as many entries as usual, but the quality of the costumes remained high.

The parade started at 10 a.m. from the Dixon Valve and Coupling Co. parking lot in the 800 block of High Street and ended in the 200 block of High Street, where a panel of judges representing various service organizations, Washington College and the Town of Chestertown sat on a raised platform.

Linda Kuiper, a two-term incumbent running for re-election to the Chestertown council, was the grand marshal and a judge.

The Chestertown Lions Club is the longtime sponsor of the parade, which for the last couple of years has coincided with the Sultana Education Foundation’s hugely popular Downrigging Weekend.

Bob Knapp returned as the parade chairman.

Bill Blake was back again as the emcee.

Travis Hayman led the Kent County Community Marching Band, whose members “dressed” for the occasion in a variety of costumes.

Kent County High School’s award-winning Brigade of Blue, under the direction of Keith Wharton and drum major Cynthia Faber, and the Centreville Middle School band also performed.

Fire trucks, rescue vehicles and Smokey, a 7-month-old Dalmatian, also were featured in the parade.

Cash prizes in amounts from $25 to $10 were awarded to the place-finishers in various age groups, floats and groups.


Jasper Swanson as a dragon, first; Lumen Schnaithmann as a dinosaur, second; John William as the Pillsbury Doughboy, third; Felix de Arriz as Woodstock, fourth; and Oliver de Arriz as Snoopy, fifth.

Elementary school

Harper Blanchfield as Grandma Harper, first; Will Taylor as Mrs. Doubtfire, second; Reid Clarke as Colonel Sanders, third; Kyle King as the Phillie Phanatic mascot, fourth.

Middle school

Alden Swanson as Lady Liberty, first; Teo O’Brien as a can of Old Bay seasoning and his dog as a shrimp, second; and Meg Taylor as a mad scientist, third.

High school and adults

Frank and Carla Gerber as “When hell freezes over,” first.


Radcliffe Creek School’s boat building program, first.


The White Elephant Party and the Jackass Party, first; and Jennifer Martin, James Martin and Hailey, Lucas and Libby Martin as Teen Titans, second.

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