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Change in Date Didn't Change Enthusiasm for Ag Parade and Carnival


Gary M. Baranec

This year's Ag Parade brought what many consider the biggest crowd to date. According to Borough Manager Rich Brantner Jr., the crowd for the parade was around 12,000.

Any concerns that Martinsburg's annual Ag Parade and carnival would suffer a decline in attendance were alleviated when the numbers started rolling in.

The parade and carnival are traditionally held on the week of July 4, but because of a conflict in scheduling with Bartlebaugh Amusements, who provide the rides, the park elected to hold the festivities the following week. A conflict also arose in 2019 and the park board elected to hold the carnival without rides with mixed results. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the carnival in 2020 and reduced the length of the parade.

Last year saw t...

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