Unfortunately, our festival will not be held this year due to the current threat that COVID-19 poses to public health.
Below you will find past parade information that will give you an idea of what to expect for next year, although you can expect to see some changes or improvements made for our 2021 SOFD Festival.
Please check back next year for updates.
The Firefighter’s Parade will take place at twilight on Friday around 9:00 P.M., following the talent show. This is our opportunity to honor the men and women who serve through local fire, EMS, and police departments that strive to keep us safe every day and prevent tragedies. Under a dusk sky, Main Street in Stanton will be aglow with the lights and sirens of fire trucks and emergency vehicles from departments all across Montcalm County and the surrounding communities.
Everyone is guaranteed a good time at the SOFD Grand Parade, so be sure to find a good spot along Main Street on Saturday at 1:00 P.M.
The Grand Parade features entries ranging from floats to antique cars and tractors, to musical groups and horses, and everything in between. The SOFD Grand Marshals are also featured, of course, so don’t miss the opportunity to give a wave to show appreciation for all their years of dedication to the Stanton community. We encourage individuals and groups of all kinds to participate in the parade and show everyone your community pride.
Pre-registration is not necessary; however, registration forms are available here on this website. Print off the form, fill it out and bring it with you, or you may complete the form at the registration booth the day of the parade. Members of the Stanton Rotary Club will be organizing the parade this year in the Save-a-Lot parking lot, on W. Day St. just west of M-66 (follow the parade registration signs). Line up starts at 11:00 A.M.
Please Note: Candy cannot be thrown from vehicles or floats; instead, candy and other items must be distributed by walkers close to the crowd for the safety of children. All horse riders must supply a cleanup crew to follow directly behind their horses; streets must be clean for the car show, foot traffic, and food vendors following the parade.
Kids, would you like to be in your very own parade? Be creative and come up with a fun costume or decorate your bike or wagon. You can even invite your whole family to participate! Each child participant (ages 13 and under) will be able to pick a prize from the goodie bin, and 3 lucky winners will receive cash prizes for having the best costumes or decorations: 1st Place – $20, 2nd Place – $15, and 3rd Place – $10. Participants need to line-up for the parade on Saturday at noon, at Zerka’s Party Store on Main St. The parade heads down Main Street and ends at the SOFD Information Booth.