The Woodville Syttende Mai Royalty in the 51st Annual Spring Valley Dam Days Grande Parade. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Woodville Syttende Mai Royalty in the 51st Annual Spring Valley Dam Days Grande Parade. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Dam Days 51’s Sunday morning was absolutely gorgeous, and people got out for a bite at the American Legion’s Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale, the other delicious food stands were open and busy. As the morning gave way to afternoon, people started to grab their spot along the curb on McKay Avenue in anticipation for the 51st Annual Dam Days Grande Parade that started pretty much on time at 2 p.m. with about 75 special units led by this year’s Grand Marshals: the Huepfel Family of Matt, Mary, Ella and Mary Huepfel.

The Color Guard of American Legion Post 227 also led the parade. The Spring Valley/Elmwood Boy Scout Troop 145 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

To the delight of all, there was all manner of colorful floats with visiting royalty from neighboring communities: Woodville, Hammond, Baldwin and many more on parade with many business and civic groups and organizations participating in the 51st Annual Dam Days Grande Parade.

The Spring Valley, Glenwood City High Schools and El Paso Marching Bands provided spirited music for the enjoyment of the large crowd of happy parade watchers.

Following the parade, a check presentation of a $1,000 donation was made to the Spring Valley Fire Services Association represented by Chief Mike Fitzjarrell from Nate Anderson and Sandy Mason from the 1st Annual SV Dam Bike Run founded by Anderson with Kevin Mason. Next year’s Dam Bike Run will be August 17, 2019.

The big moments everyone had been waiting for was the tearful “Goodbyes and Thank You messages” of the outgoing 2017-18 Miss Spring Valley Leigha Prudlow and Princesses Taylor Falde, Briana Link and Karyn Wood and the Coronation of the 2018-19 Royalty.  First, Rachel Bell was recognized as Miss Congeniality for this year.

Then last year’s court proceeded to crown the new Royalty as they teasingly waved the tiaras over each candidate’s head as the new girls held hands with each other in excited anticipation.

The first Spring Valley princess crowned was Rachel Bell, followed by Sina Nystrom. With only two lovely young ladies left, the next crown was for Miss Spring Valley and Leigha Prudlow passed it over and over before finally placing it on Alexis Megrane to great applause of the crowd. Rebecca Schneider then received her crown as the Spring Valley First Princess.

Congratulation ladies and congratulations to the Spring Valley Lions and Village of Spring Valley and all involved with the 51st Annual Spring Valley Dam Days Celebration!