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Band students get popping

Marching Bulldogs take home first in Popcorn Days parade
Riley Mize
Freshman Kate Devisser performs with the Marching Bulldogs during the Popcorn Days parade.

The Popcorn Parade in Ridgway is the first event of the season every year. It is a good opportunity for students to show their talent in the parade as well as band director Hannah Drake getting to show off her hard work and instructor skills.

This year will mark the 65th year of Popcorn Days in Ridgway. The festival is celebrated on the second weekend in September every year and includes live entertainment, rides, and games as well as the parade.The event’s name is a nod to the industry that put the town on the map, the Agrilink Popcorn Plant, before closing over 20 years ago.

“I’m from Ridgway,” Drake said. “It’s always nice to be there, to see a lot of familiar faces. They’re very supportive of us.”

Drake attended Gallatin County High School, so she also gets to see Gallatin County’s band for a “nice full circle moment.”

The Marching Bulldogs have a remarkable history of success with several undefeated seasons under their belts.

“I like marching and then afterward being proud of the band,” senior Clyde Brand said.

The theme of this year’s Popcorn Parade was Vegas/Viva las Popcorn Days.

“I enjoy it more than others because it has a theme and it’s quite interesting!” Brand said.

For freshmen, this is the first chance to march as a member of the high school band.

“My favorite historical part about Popcorn Days is the food,” freshman Noah Billman said. “ Their popcorn lived up to the name. I enjoyed this parade because it was closer to home, and my family saw what I practiced so hard on.”



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Sydney DeVous
Sydney DeVous, Staff Writer
Sydney DeVous is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion staff. She participates in History Club. She has worked at Kroger for almost 2 years. She really enjoys spending time at home with her family and cat.  “Journalism is definitely important for students to learn about so they know how to properly publish something if they need to.”
Riley Mize
Riley Mize, Staff Writer
Riley Mize is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her second year on the Purple Clarion staff. She participates in YFC and White Hats. Riley also likes to take photos, hiking and traveling.  After high school she plans on attending a university in Colorado, pursue her career in nursing and to become a nurse anesthetist.  “Allowing students to express what is going on in the world through stories and articles, being allowed to put their opinion in things if they feel a certain way about something, is really something I am grateful we get to do, and is also important.” 

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