STUYVESANT FALLS — Saturday was a perfect day to honor firefighters from Columbia County and surrounding areas during the 96th annual Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Parade.
It was sunny and 72 degrees in Stuyvesant Falls, when the parade began marching down County Route 25 at 2:00 p.m. Hundreds of spectators lined the route to support their local fire department.
36 fire companies from Columbia County, and surrounding areas participated in this year’s event.
Following the parade, there was music, refreshments, and awards handed out at the VFW Post, where the parade ended.
There are four classes of awards, which are determined by the number of marchers that the participating company has in line.
n Class A: Hudson took 1st place, Stuyvesant, 2nd place, and Mellenville, 3rd place.
n Class B: Chatham took 1st place, Greenport, 2nd place, and Niverville, 3rd place.
n Class C: Valatie took 1st place, Ghent, 2nd place, and Philmont, 3rd place.
n Class D: West Ghent took 1st place, East Chatham, 2nd place, and Tri-Village, 3rd place.
n Stockport Ladies Auxiliary took 1st place
n Junior Firefighters/Explorers was won by Greenport.
n Best appearing firematic color guard: Chatham, 1st place, Greenport 2nd, Niverville 3rd.
n Best appearing non-firematic color guard: NY State Police, 1st place, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 2nd, and Stuyvesant Falls VFW, 3rd.
n Best appearing Antique fire apparatus was won by Greenport.
n Best appearing fire apparatus, 2016 and older was won by Valatie. Chatham and Stuyvesant tied for 2nd place.
n Best appearing fire apparatus, 2017 and newer was won by West Ghent. Clermont took 2nd place.
n Best musical units went to: Yankee Doodle Band, Ghent Band, and Patriots Brass
n Best drum lines went to: Columbia County Bagpipes, D.M Hamilton Fife and Drum, Village Fife and Drum, and Hoysdradt Drumline.
n Best overall without auxiliary: Chatham
n Best overall with auxiliary: Stockport
n Farthest distance traveled: Stanford.