Trent welcomed hundreds of visitors to its 135th Birthday Saturday with a parade and other activities.
The 11 a.m. parade lasted an hour with floats – including floaties – and tractors, collectible cars and riders on horseback. The Flandreau City Band, 14 strong, played several numbers along the route, including the former Trent school song.
Don Kuhnert of Sioux Falls was camping in town and his family, including grandkids who collected grocery bags of candy, all attended the festivities.
The parade was a highlight, he said. “It was big, a lot of people in it.”
The parade started with a flyover by Rick Wenzel of R&R Spraying of Pipestone, who dropped free drink tickets from his plane.
“Let’s get this party started,” said Paula Skadden, an emcee, along with Steve Erickson.
She filled the parade with some quips. When the Pizza Ranch chickens strolled by, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” she asked. “There was a parade!”
When it was time for the horses, she warned the kids to be careful of what candy they picked up. “None of the square brown ones.”
The Grand Marshal was 90-year-old Bud Albers, followed by his wife Joy, both on lawn tractors. He is the oldest resident of Trent.
Bill Husaboe, who has lived in Trent 80 years, also was honored near the front of the parade.
Morris Kirkegaard had a line of entries under the banner Morristown for his River of the Double Bend Campground.
The EL Riad Shriners from Sioux Falls did motorcycle maneuvers on the street.
Mike and Jodi Grengs from St. Leo, Minn., painted a mare and pony with spots and put floaties on their feet for a beach theme on horseback. Their grandchildren, the Anhalts from Dell Rapids, stopped them to take pictures.
It was one of the highlights for Hailey Anhalt, that and the load of candy they took home. “It was awesome,” she said.
The parade concluded with smiles from all.
“That’s the end of the parade,” Skadden said. “Happy Birthday Trent!”
For photos see page 12 of this week’s Moody County Enterprise.