The weather was perfect, the parade drew a wide swath of the community to The Great Road, there were plenty of booths at the fair, and just enough of a wait at most of the food booths to let you know you were onto something special.
The parade included local groups supporting climate action, the upcoming anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, diversity, political organizations, schools, churches, scout troops, dancers, town leaders, and young athletes.
Jeff JHO Hoyland was celebrated as Citizen of the Year, by both local and far-flung fans. The varsity volleyball team followed his convertible, appreciative fans lined the parade route, and a group of college pals surprized Hoyland at the reviewing stand.
The parade’s final float, a recently rented pickup bedecked with orange fringe and blue garland, stopped short, spilling a group of Gators from the University of Florida at Gainesville onto The Great Road.
Hoyland leapt from the reviewing stand to embrace longtime pals who had traveled from near and far for a mini-reunion to celebrate Bedford’s Citizen of the Year.
In a fitting coda to Bedford Day, David Wade of WBZ-TV4 interviewed Hoyland on Monday.