Melbourne parade brings out the stars

MELBOURNE -Whether it was Spider-Man, the cast of the “Wizard of Oz” or a guy shooting candy out of a small tank, the Melbourne Mousehole Days parade had its share of stars Saturday.

It was fitting since this year’s festival has a Hollywood theme.

Two of the biggest celebrities were this year’s Little Miss and Mr. Melbourne who were Cloe Minser and Tyson Bunting.

Also feeling like celebrities in the parade were Stacy and Rodney Porter, who rode in a golf cart as part of being honored as the town’s citizens of the year.

“It’s an honor,” said Stacy Porter. “I love everything about Melbourne. The people here are nice.”

The Porters have operated the Melbourne Little League for the past eight years and have been big community supporters.

“It’s a great experience for the kids,” Porter said the league.

Yes, that was Dale Bellus of the Rhodes American Legion shooting candy from a makeshift tank, which brought smiles to many children and was one of the more unique entries in the parade.

“It’s cool,” Bellus said after shooting candy at children.

Following the parade, many gathered downtown for the car show featuring dozens of entries. Gary Nation, of Parkersburg, entered his 1965 Ford Mustang in the event. He takes the car to approximately 10 car shows a year.

“People like it,” he said. “It’s totally restored.”

The festival continued with plenty of activities throughout the day and music into the night Saturday.

Mousehole Days concludes today with an 11 a.m church service in the park followed by a noon potluck picnic.