The Mikado Janesville 21 August 1948
Replica of Mikado Outstanding Float in Albany Parade Albany—Residents of Albany and surrounding communities turned out en masse Saturday morning to view the 60-float parade, opening event in the Albany Firemen's frolic. The parade was only one of a full day of activities which will continue far into the night. A children's parade was scheduled scheduled at 1:30 p. m.; horse pulling contest, 2 p. m.; water fight. 3 p. m.; softball game between a colored colored team from Madison and Albany Albany men, 7:45 p. m.; and the annual firemen's dance, highlighted highlighted by the crowing of pretty 17- year-old Margaret Oberholzer, at 9 p. m. While many of this year's floats were outstanding, perhaps the most interesting from the standpoint of many was a reproduction of the old steamboat Mikado which operated operated on the Sugar river in the 1880's. The little steamer took passengers from Albany to Reuben's Reuben's cave off the Little Sugar river river in those long-ago days. The replica was entered by the Ooyon and Rayne Lumber Co. Another most attractive float was that which carried the queen and her attendants. Twenty members members of the Boots and Saddle club with their horses, gave a fine exhibition exhibition of horsemanship as still another interesting feature. Floats were classed in four divisions, divisions, ar.istic, advertising, comic, educational, with entries from all the surrounding communities as well as Albany. Farm machinery displays were also entered from Monticello, New Glarus and Evansville. Evansville. Fire departments entered entered from Belleville, Brodhead, New Glarus. Monticello and Albany with that of New Glarus showing both ancient and modern firefighting firefighting apparatus. The parade was a half-hour late in getting underway today > but persons who watched it considered it well worth the waiting. Results Results of the judging were to be announced later in the day.