The 2012 edition of the Alliston Potato Festival Parade was in peril of being washed out by the incredible rainfall. But, that didn’t put a damper on the spirit of all those that showed up to participate. This year’s Lion’s float “The Potato Chipper Hillbilly Band” was originally thought up by Lion Brian Whittaker. With the help of Lions Nick & Robin Poulakis, Lions Eugenia & Ted Boston, Bill Richardson, Wayne Best and Rick & Tyson Lea, the float came to life. Big thanks go out to Lion Bill Train for allowing the club to use his farm and trailer, and Big John for driving the tractor during the parade.
Lion Nick also put together a crowd rompin’ mix of music that had people dancing in the streets…literally. The songs used were fairly modern tracks with a hillbilly slant to them, which really had the parade audiences smiling and boppin’ around.
The club had fun with the concept of a potato chipper machine, that would take raw potatoes and turn them into potato chips, similar to a wood chipper. But problems arose with the execution of the fans blowing chips into a clear bag, and with time running out to experiment any further, Lion Wayne suggested we just use bags of potato chips inside the clear bag… which made it even funnier.
The spelling of Hiz and Herz on the outhouse doors lent to the light- hearted fun that was the intent of the club.
“Just seeing the joy on all those people’s faces, was worth every minute spent in making the float” said Lion Brian Whittaker, while Lion Robin Poulakis added “you should have seen them all dancing, it was unbelievable”…
Current Lion President Ted Boston also commented on the favourable response by the parade on-lookers, “You know, it’s pretty astounding the response people were giving to us. I think we left a pretty lasting impression that our club can be fun too.”
The crew on the float hightailed it to the Lions Beer Garden immediately following the parade to help out with the few other Lions and volunteers in serving our community…beer. And Coolers.