Michigan Blossomtime Floats
Through The Years
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First Blossomtime Float -
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
Larry and Lois Blyly - August, 2002
Float - 1958
Miss Hartford 1958 - Joyce Hamill
On the float (L-R)
Pat Bachman, Joanne Smith
provided by Patricia Bachman Empson HHS 1959
Float - 1961
Miss Hartford 1961 -
On the float (L-R)
Front - Connie Swinford, Judy
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
Anita Carmichael - 1st Runner-up
Patricia Obermesik -
Karen Collins -
Float theme was "The
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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