CHATHAM — Thousands turned out Saturday for the annual Firefighters Parade at the Columbia County Fair.

With temperatures in the low 70s and plenty of sunshine, it was perfect marching weather.

The parade began in the village and arrived at the Route 203 entrance to the fairgrounds to cheers and applause from spectators who arrived early to get a seat in the bleachers.

Greenport Fire Department took top honors for the day, winning trophies in four categories: Class A Firefighters, Ladies Auxiliary, Color Guard and Junior Firefighters.

Thirty fire companies from Columbia, Rensselaer and Dutchess counties, about a dozen bands and drumlines, and several color guards, participated in the annual parade.

Other trophy winners were Spencertown in Class B, Niverville in Class C, and North Chatham in Class D.

Niverville took first place in the apparatus competition.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office won first place in Non-Firematic Color Guard, and the Ghent Band took first place in Musical Units.

Milan Fire Department, from Dutchess County, took first place for Visiting Fire Department and Visiting Color Guard.

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