Parade starts at 1 p.m. from High School
One of the most anticipated events in St. Marys takes place this Sunday. The 34th Annual Teddy Bears’ reunion is all set to go for another year. Started by the late Cliff Elliott, the tradition of this very popular event is continued by his daughter, Marlene Forman. Although the actual event is held on one day, the benefits last the entire year, with all proceeds going to supply hospitals and ambulances with teddy bears for young children.
As he does every year, C.J. Bear has arrived back from his holidays in time for this year’s reunion. C. J. is the “Peace Ambassador” for the event and travels around the world in memory of Cliff Elliott, who started and ran the event for 18 years. This year C.J. Bear visited Holland with Gary Hazelwood and brought back a new Dutch friend, He also went to Grenada with Rowyn Callcott and swam with the turtles. And finally he went to Antigua with his friends Marlene and Barb.
The event on Sunday starts with the parade which leaves the High School at 1 p.m. and proceeds to East Ward Park. There will be games, rides and crafts for children of all ages, including Paddle Boats, a Jumping Castle, Sno-Cones and a teddy bear repair section. There will be prizes for Best Decorated bike, trike or wagon in the parade which will be judged at the time of the parade. The rest of the Teddy Bear judging will start at 2:30 p.m. Some of the categories will include best owner look-a-like bear, best sportsman teddy, best formal wear, best career oriented, best dressed for season and the largest teddy.
With so many activities on the agenda for Sunday, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.