At nearly 9 a.m. Saturday morning, parade units made it down Walnut Street and kicked off the 2018 edition of the Fronter Day festivities in downtown Paris.
About 15 minutes to six, several young ladies paraded across the stage at Paris Middle School auditoroum stage dispaying their crowns and sashes proclaiming them the age groups winners in the Miss Mount Magazine Pageant marking the end of the annual Frontier Day event.
In between, there were merchants selling arts and crafts items down on the square, there were food items for sale, there were live reenactors shooting cowboys and bad guys on the square, there were things for youngsters to do and many more in downtown Paris for Frontier Day.
And, there were people — everywhere. About 3,000 people or more — everywhere.
The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsoring organization, has to be pleased with the turnout. The day brought out lots of people and it never brought a hint of quiet to any place in Paris.
And the weather cooperated, too. It was slightly cool early, but once the sun came up into the sky, it was hot. There wasn’t a hint of bad weather, too.
“Absolutely perfect,” was the way one person described the event.
And the merchants, who saw a lot of the crowd, were seemingly on board with everything.
“Pretty good crowd,” screamed one of those in attendance.
The Frontier Day was a big hit. It is the largest of the festivals sponsored by the PACC. It’s the most visible, too. It’s attendance at 3,000 to 3,500 people is about the largest of an chamber-sponsored event on the square each year, giving the downtown a big boost in visitors.
This years event was just about perfect.