Halloween's cutest and scariest march through Kunkletown
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Kunkletown General Store's float with a theme of "The Wizard of Oz."
The Eldred Township Halloween Parade marched through Kunkletown scaring up lots of ohhhs" and ahhhs."
This year's Grand Marshall was Mae Borger, 82. Mae was chosen for this honor because of her dedication to her hometown.
Mae, the daughter of the late Miriam and Ear Lobach, is a life-long resident of Kunkletown. She attended the Frantz one-room school for eight years and then graduated from Polk High School in 1945. She married Calvin Borger and they had two daughters, Marlette Palermo and Dora Tartar. She has one stepdaughter, Romaine Miller. She has two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
She worked for many years in the blouse factories and retired from Scotty's Fashions with 35 years. She became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Company from its inception in 1952. Currently she serves as the Auxiliary's president where the volunteer firemen have joked that they were going to build her an apartment for her and her dog, Lucky, at the firehouse because she's there almost more than she is at home.
I have a good team. I couldn't do it without them," she says modestly.
She is also a very active member of her church's Laymen's Fellowship at St. Matthew's U.C.C. and a member of the Eldred Township Historical Society.
Mae has the nickname of Mankos, after a well-known Palmerton photographer, because she is never without her camera and snaps pictures of every event she attends. Then she generously hand-delivers photos she has taken to people she snapped the pictures of.
It's fun. I enjoy that," she says.
When she was asked to be the Grand Marshall of the parade she says she was surprised. But for all those who know her, they think it was a very well-deserved honor. Mae enjoyed sitting in the back seat of Melvin Frable's Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, waving to everyone.
It was fun. I had a good time."
In addition to Mae, there were approximately 180 entrants.
A total of $520 in cash prizes was awarded to the winners.
There were 10 floats. First place was awarded to Kunkletown General Store-Wizard of Oz and won $50. Second place was Colin Dorshimer's tribute to the late Pennsylvania State Trooper, Joshua Miller, $35 and third place went to the Owl Family, (the Smith family) winning $25.
There were seven groups. First place was Cub Scout 98 all in purple, winning $50, second place was the Green Giant Family with Roger Perkowski and family, winning $35 and third place was Christine Fleming's Rockn' Chicks, winning $25.
For the other remaining categories, first place winners won $35, second place $25 and third $15.
There were 13 entries in the Cutest category. First place was Dorothy, Toto and witch with Krista Borger and her dog, second place was Bethany Haddock who was half angel and half devil, and third place was Rosemary Crown as a cheerleader.
There were eight entries in the Most Original. First place was Connor Valentine as a lobster, second place was Abby Ertle as a ghost bride and third place was Nathan Brunell as Bob the Builder
There were seven entries in the Best Pair. First place was Danica and Kaily Getz as mermaids, second place was Nickolas and Hailee Snyder as Captain Hook and Tinkerbell, third place was Karrie Ertle and Butter the Dog as a Hunter and hunting dog
There were five entries in the Ugliest category. First place was Buddy Smith as a Dead Rapper, second place was Jessica Kautz as Vampira and third place was Matthew Rogers as Darth Vader.
Judges were Lynn Witt, Harry Koehler, Jackie Mock, Brenda Dorshimer, Darryl Breinich, June Weddermann, Karol Meitzler, Nancy Frantz and Helen Mackes.
The parade ended at the firehouse where the prizes were awarded. Hot dogs, a cookie and a drink was given to each along with a Trick or Treat bag filled with goodies.
The Halloween Parade committee thanks everyone who helped make this event so successful, from those who participated, to the area businesses who donated items and to the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Co.
Members of the committee are: Linda Kile, chairman, Devoe Breinich, Barbara Borger, Tammy Sherer, Diann Bittenbender and Karen Fuls.