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Hartford Michigan Blossomtime Floats
Through The Years

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 First Blossomtime Float - 1926
Hartford, Michigan

1926 Hartford Float

The Hartford Day Spring - May 19, 1926

....profusely decorated with peach and apple blossoms and ripened fruit, it was christened From Blossoms to Fruit and was illustrative of nature's promise of the fruit yield that follows the springtime riot of delicately tinted blossoms.  The centerpiece of the Hartford float was an apple tree, one side of which was covered with blossoms and the other side with fruit.
     Charles Hammond contributed the apples with which the name
Hartford was spelled out on each side of the float, and the apples were also used on the corner posts and throughout the decorative scheme.  The float was given further local significance by the free use of wreaths & foliage from the Hartford Leaf Factory of the Kirchen & Gifford Company.
Mrs. M.A. Engle directed the construction and decoration of the float and was assisted by Mrs. Louise Miller and Elizabeth Hickey.  Lee Gifford drove the float at the pageant.

Contributed by Maurice and Delores Miller
 Larry and Lois Blyly - August, 2002 


Blossomtime Float - 1958

1958 Hartford Float
Miss Hartford 1958 - Joyce Hamill
On the float (L-R)
Delores Brown, Bobbi Hitchcock,
Pat Bachman, Joanne Smith

Photo provided by Patricia Bachman Empson HHS 1959


Blossomtime Float - 1960

1960 Hartford Blossomtime Float - Hartford Michigan
Miss Hartford 1960 - Ronny Munro

On the float (L-R)

Ronny Munro, Sandra Heeter, Shirley Smith, Judy Duffy

5/2011 - photo provided by Ronny Munro HHS 1960


Blossomtime Float - 1961

1961 Hartford Blossomtime Float - Hartford Michigan
Miss Hartford 1961 - Kathleen Dentler

On the float (L-R)

Front - Connie Swinford, Judy Chernugel 
Back - Judith Brown, Mavis Williamson, Patricia Rdzak

The Pick of the Crop. The float featured six girls in a fruit basket.  At the center is a large red apple and seated in a gold crown on top of it is Miss Hartford, Miss Kathleen Dentler. The word "Hartford" was lettered in red on an orange-gold background along the side of the float.  The entry is pictured here at St. Joseph just before the start of the parade.  The Hartford high school band preceded the float in the line of march.                                                                           Hartford Day Spring

1/2010 - photo provided by Mavis Williamson Pankey HHS 1961


Blossomtime Float - 1977

1977 Hartford Blossomtime Float-2nd Pl Sweepstakes

1977 Hartford Blossomtime Float-2nd Pl Sweepstakes

1977 Hartford float - Herald Palladium photo

Miss Hartford 1977 - Tammy Hannon

Float Theme was Simple Simon

Photos provided by Sandy Briggs and Jean Estes Burlingham 7/1/2006.


Blossomtime Float 1980

Miss Hartford 1980 - Juliana Markillie

Anita Carmichael - 1st Runner-up
Patricia Obermesik - 2nd Runner-up
Karen Collins - Miss Congeniality

Float theme was "
The Muppets"

Sponsored and built by the Hartford Fire Department. Car is a 1950-51 Studebaker.

  Photo provided by Harold Walker via Larry Blyly - 2007

No Hartford floats built 1982-1996

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 20, 2014