The parade entry by Ace Hardware, one of the newest additions to Cloverdale’s business district, handily won first place in the commercial division at the Cloverdale Rodeo Parade.
And the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society won best float in the non-profit division at the 69th annual parade, held May 16 in historic downtown Cloverdale.
Judges voted the 767 Dearman Dragon Flight best band in the junior category, with the Crescent Beach Pipe Band taking top spot in the best senior band category.
The honour for best marching unit (junior) went to the RCACC Army Cadets, with the nod for best marching unit (senior) going to Cloverdale Elks #335. Best wheeled entry (powered) went to the City of Surrey/CUPE local 402.
The Society of Versatile Entertainers were named best entry in the antique division; best comic entry went to Timeless Treasures; honours for best drill team (mounted) went to Langley Riders Drill Team with the best horse (wheeled division) going to Boston Pizza. The award for dance division entry went to Silver Diamond Country Dancers.
The 69th annual parade drew hundreds of spectators to downtown Cloverdale on May 17, during the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, which saw its largest crowds in recent years.