Community Float Gets ‘Ready to Sail’

news_float-crew500The 2013 Chewelah Float is about ready for its first appearance at the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee on Saturday, May 4.

The all-volunteer float crew has been working hard for the past month on the float that features a pirate shipwreck theme called “Sunken Treasures.” It was once again designed by Patsy Cotter.

Distinguished Young Woman Naomi Miller and her alternates Josie Mott and Patti Hernandez will represent Chewelah throughout the summer on the float in parades across the state.

Some elements from 2012’s Under the Sea float have returned such as two of the large fish, the treasure chest and petal paper waves covering the entire platform. One major new element was the wooden ship built by the Mallys out of Valley who also made the frames for the fish in 2012.

Carmen Hartill has designed the pirate costumes the girls will wear and Dale Bundy is back for another year as the float driver.

Resident styrofoam sculptor Margo Sety added a large purple octopus hanging off of one side of the ship to rival the bright fish faces she carved last year.

The float tells a story of a pirate making his way from the shipwreck in a small boat with stolen treasure, which turns in the front of the float.

With so many more details added each week, this is another float you cannot miss.

By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff

In This Photo: Here are just some of the many float volunteers with the Distinguished Young Women representatives and their parents. From L-R: Margo Sety, Geri Trudeau, Trish Miller, Diane Cobb, Barbara Murray, DYW Second Alternate Patti Hernandez, DYW First Alternate Josie Mott, Distinguish Young Woman of Chewelah Naomi Miller, Patsy Cotter, Jennifer Mott, and Dale Bundy. Judy Burdette photo