CHINO VALLEY The parade at the 20th annual first Territorial Capital Days here on Saturday brought back fond memories as hundreds of people observed it.
"It's like going back (to) 40 years ago," Cheryl Seconder of Dewey-Humboldt said as she watched the parade with her daughter, Jamie Martin, of Chino Valley. "It's like what we used to take the kids (to see)."
Martin, who was not alive 40 years ago, agreed, saying, "I just love the parade and the small-town feel."
Martin, her mother and numerous other families ranging from infants to seniors flocked to the parade, which featured 60 entries along the Road 1 West route near Memory Park and lasted about an hour. The parade and other festivities at the Territorial Days commemorate the brief span in 1864 in which Chino Valley served as the territorial capital in Arizona.
The parade drew an estimated 2,500 people, said Town Manager Bill Pupo, who appeared in a float with the Town Council. "You've got a mile lined up (with people), plus you have all these participants."
The entries included girls on horseback representing rodeo royalty, marching bands, Lions and Shriners driving miniature vehicles, and political candidates stumping for votes.
Some float participants threw candy to children in the crowd. Spectators applauded and snapped photos.
Spectators also witnessed marital intentions. Travis Shields and Naomi Vanderhoven, both 20 and of Chino Valley, announced on a Ford pickup float that they will get married next Saturday.
Vanderhoven said that her future mother-in-law, Kathy Daldrup, took her out to breakfast Saturday morning "and embarrassed me a bit. And then when I got home, I saw the float in the driveway."
Vanderhoven said that she and Shields have known one another for eight years and have been engaged since December.
An afternoon wedding in Williams was on the agenda for Becky Krantz, a 25-year Chino Valley resident who attended her first Territorial Days parade. She showed up with eight family members to watch daughters Ashleigh, 9, and Amber, 7, in a float for State Farm.
"We are usually not in town" during the parade because of hunting season, Krantz said. "I kind of volunteered my kids this year."