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.
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:
First: Oley Valley Marching Lynx
Second: Fleetwood Area High School Band
Third: Schuylkill Valley High School Band
First: Brandywine Heights Area High School Marching Band
First: Allentwon Hobo Band
Second: Fralinger String Band
Third: Rajah Shrine Chanters
Overall Float Winner: Parrots of the Caribbean
First: Cub Pack 144-Rockin’ in the 50’s
Second: Girl Scout Troop #1546
Third: Hamburg Blue Mountaineers Noah’s Ark
First: Boneyard Blues-Microtel Inn and Suites
Second: Grube’s Dairy
Third: Rentschler’s-Heroes of Home Remodeling & Repairs
First: Gloria the Dinosaur Bike for Five
Second: Reading Company Technical & Historical Society
Third: Mustang Club
First: Cheryl Chickey’s All American PAC-”The Beauty Within”
Second: Emelia Adam-Juvenile Intermediate North Atlantic
Third: Twirl Blazers
First: Girl Scouts of Easter Pa #1546
Second: Girl Scouts of Junior Troop #1841
Third: Our Hero Buddy
First: Terror on the Tandem
Second: Goldie and the Three Bears
First: Scotter’s Clown Car
Second: Hermansader’s Garage
Third: Shop Smart! Shop Local!
First: Undead Roller Derby
Second: Hamburg Hooligans
Third: Boneyard Blues