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Parade watchers enjoyed a rain-free and "peachful" parade during Saturday's events of the 42nd annual Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival.

The three-hour march made its way before onlookers lining the parade route through the streets of the quaint village.

Meanwhile festival organizers were happy for a dry Saturday. Rainfall late last week forced crews to spread sawdust atop the mud and muck of the festival's staging area, Artpark.

An officer with the state Parks Police estimated attendance for Friday and Saturday at 15,000.

Timothy C. Beach, general chairman of the festival, summed things up.

"We had a difficult start because of the weather, but the community really pulled it all together. . . . We're really pleased with the turnout and the reception that the people have given us."

As for this year's crop -- "good," said Louise K. Schildauer of Sanger Farms in Youngstown. She said, the crop got hit with a hailstorm on Aug. 28, which spelled ruin for the pears and claimed "a fair portion" of the peaches.

"Business is brisk. Two people can't handle this job," added Mrs. Schildauer, who was waiting for a delivery of more peach pies to meet the needs of customers.

Parade winners included: Senior bands, Sanborn Fire Company; Junior bands, Gaskill Middle School; School bands, Lancaster High School; Pipe bands, McKenzie Highlanders; unattached color guards, Niagara County Sheriff's Corrections; Cheerleaders/dance companies, Niagara Falls Junior Football.

Also, veterans posts, Black Angels; best appearing fire company, Lewiston No. 1 Fire Company; Senior majorettes, Royalettes; junior majorettes, Royalettes A; Novelty drill, Fort Niagara Guard; drill team, Parents on Parade; Floats, The Wizard of Orthodontics; motorized unit, New York Army National Guard; antique car, 1959 Pontiac convertible owned by Alva Brundage.

Also, 4-year-old Matthew F. Myles of Niagara Falls, a kindergartner at St. John de LaSalle School, was crowned winner of the Peach Fuzz contest. he is the son of Rhonda and Noland Myles.

First runner-up was 6-year-old Michael J. Boss of Lewiston, a first-grader at Lewiston-Porter Elementary School. He is the son of John and Lori Boss.

The festival winds down today with a full array of activities, culminating with the Peach Queen finals at 8 p.m.

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