King Frost comes to Hamburg, Jaycees celebrate 50 years of parade

Photo courtesy of Weldon Photography
King Frost Parade
Photo courtesy of Weldon Photography King Frost Parade

King Frost rolled down the packed streets of Hamburg on Saturday night during the annual King Frost Parade.

What has become both a tradition and homecoming to the residents of the Hamburg Area celebrated its 50th anniversary under the Hamburg Jaycees. This was also the last year that Domer Leibensperger portrayed King Frost for this 32nd year.

“I am thankful that this parade gives him an opportunity to forget his ailments and feel like his old self again,” said Derek Leibensperger, the King Frost Parade Chairman, in his chairman letter in the King Frost Parade preview. There has not been an announcement on who will portray King Frost next year.

Celebrating 50 years was the theme of the night for many groups in the parade. There were well wishes and congratulations for the Jaycees on their accomplishments in keeping the parade going. This year had the Fralinger String Band from the Mummer’s, Ceol Mor Pipe and Drum Band and the Allentown Hobo Band. Other bands included Hamburg Area High School Band, Schuylkill Valley Marching Band, Oley Valley Marching Unit, Fleetwood Area High School Marching Unit, Brandywine Heights Area High School Marching Band and Drummers With Attitude.

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Aside from King Frost and the bands, the Parrots of the Caribbean float was a highly talked about group in the parade. Grand Marshals were Don Yocom, Bill Gundrum and Bill Adams.

People from all over came to Hamburg to enjoy the parade and many visited old friends and family like the homecoming the parade is often referred to. Prior to the night, many commented that they were most looking forward to seeing friends and families at get-togethers before the parade and enjoying the night them.

This year the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce had a King Frost celebration at Antanavage, Farbiarz and Antanavage which included special guests Berks County Judge candidates Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser and Madelyn Fudeman.

With a night full of excitement, food, candy, friends and family another King Frost Parade has come to pass. The Hamburg Jaycees celebrated 50 years and are sure to be already thinking about the 51st King Frost Parade. Be sure to check out our photo gallery at berksmontnews.com and the review tab in next issue featuring more photos from the parade and the winners. Photos for The Hamburg Area Item are courtesy of Weldon Photography. To purchase any of the photos please visit http://ow.ly/osK77. For more information on the King Frost Parade visit http://kingfrost.1usa.com/.

2013 King Frost Parade results:

BANDS

B2

First: Oley Valley Marching Lynx

Second: Fleetwood Area High School Band

Third: Schuylkill Valley High School Band

B1

First: Brandywine Heights Area High School Marching Band

Community

First: Allentwon Hobo Band

Second: Fralinger String Band

Third: Rajah Shrine Chanters

FLOATS

Overall Float Winner: Parrots of the Caribbean

Youth

First: Cub Pack 144-Rockin’ in the 50’s

Second: Girl Scout Troop #1546

Third: Hamburg Blue Mountaineers Noah’s Ark

Business

First: Boneyard Blues-Microtel Inn and Suites

Second: Grube’s Dairy

Third: Rentschler’s-Heroes of Home Remodeling & Repairs

Non-Profit

First: Gloria the Dinosaur Bike for Five

Second: Reading Company Technical & Historical Society

Third: Mustang Club

MARCHING GROUPS

Baton/Twirling

First: Cheryl Chickey’s All American PAC-”The Beauty Within”

Second: Emelia Adam-Juvenile Intermediate North Atlantic

Third: Twirl Blazers

Walking

First: Girl Scouts of Easter Pa #1546

Second: Girl Scouts of Junior Troop #1841

Third: Our Hero Buddy

MASQUERADERS

Individual

First: Terror on the Tandem

Second: Goldie and the Three Bears

Small Group

First: Scotter’s Clown Car

Second: Hermansader’s Garage

Third: Shop Smart! Shop Local!

Large Group

First: Undead Roller Derby

Second: Hamburg Hooligans

Third: Boneyard Blues

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.