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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Park Days attracts crowds from far and near

  • The Motor Maids motorcycle group in the New London Park Days parade on Saturday, June 14, came from several states, and one member is 90 years young.
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  • The Motor Maids motorcycle group in the New London Park Days parade on Saturday, June 14, came from several states, and one member is 90 years young.
    She is Kathy Anderson of Invergrode Heights, Minn., a former Motor Maids Inc. national president. She rode to New London in a car with her daughter, Pat Anderson Crosby of St. Anthony, Minn. However, both rode in the parade on a borrowed bike with a sidecar for Kathy. They joined a group of Motor Maids from as far away as Virginia.
    Kathy quit riding her Harley at age 85. Both mother and daughter are life members, with more than 50 years in Motor Maids.
    People of all ages rode in the parade, and some were asleep by the end of the route, such as Alexander Helm, 23 months.
    Parade grand marshal Carl Allison, 80, was wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed he was the oldest African-American man living in New London.
    Life-long New London resident Mary E. (Eunie) Whitaker also served as a parade grand marshal.
    Some former residents returned to New London for the celebration. One was Kevin Fuqua of South Carolina. His wife, Shelly, was displaying her ironworks, and on Saturday afternoon said she had nearly sold out.
    Many children were busy riding carnival rides, while others found their own entertainment. Jordan Whitaker of Dallas, Texas, and Cameron Waters of Hannibal were digging around a tree on the Ralls County Courthouse lawn and said they were digging for fossils.
    Musical entertainment was provided at the main stage on the south courthouse lawn Friday and Saturday.
    On Saturday afternoon the second annual Food, Wine and Craft Beer Festival was among the attractions on the north courthouse lawn.
    Three wineries were participating, including Chaymalnay Vineyard and Winery of Frankford, Mo., where Kathy, Renee and Steve Houchins were ready to meet the public.
    Two more wineries and eight breweries were featured in the festival. It included music by Tim Hart and Mike Moore, and food served by five local restaurants.
    See photo gallery for more pictures.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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