Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2001

Local women give birth to prize-winning float

July 26, 2001

No time was too soon for five friends to start planning a float for the 2001 grand parade at the CPA picnic. The group that created this year's winning kids' float started planning after last year's parade.

But this crew of float-makers had a theme idea and materials at hand each of the women was pregnant or had an infant at the time.

These millennium babies, born between May 12 and Sept. 20, 2000, spawned an idea that won their mothers the $125 cash prize. The babies were millennium "bugs," but to illustrate the feared computer crashes the women dressed the babies as bugs of the garden variety while the moms wore headpieces that looked like daisies. A computer with fake cobwebs sat toward the back of the float.

Aside from having millennium babies, the five friends were classmates at Eudora High School. The float carried Errin Steffen with Kailey, 4, and millennium baby Madison; Chrystal Hinck with Isabella; Darcie Rodgers with Sydney; Angela Fox with Ashley; and Melody Buchholz with Graci.

And how to spend the $125 cash prize?

"We're tossing around ideas for next year," Steffen said.

A pied piper led the parade with a handful of mice, followed by entries including five little ducks, Three Musketeers and all of Old McDonald's farm.

Although cute and cuddly may have won, some participants were a little more bad to the bone.

Dylan Williams, 3, rode up to the registration table on a kid-friendly Harley-Davidson motorized toy. His mother, Mary Williams, described Dylan as a 1950s-1960s biker; sort of a 2001 James Dean.

Complete with a rub-on Harley tattoo, sunglasses, wallet on a chain and slick hair, Dylan had no trouble playing the part. As he cruised around the parking lot, making sharp turns on his "motorcycle," Mary Williams and Dylan's father, Mike Williams, tried to get him to stay put.

"He's had it for a little over a year," Mary Williams said, adding that he rode it every chance he got, even if that meant in the house.

With his three Harley-Davidson motorized toys, Dylan has more Harleys than his dad, who owns an Indian.

"We're proud of our little man," Mary Williams said.

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