Rocking the theme: Young Elvis grabs grand prize at baby parade

By on July 8, 2015

The grand prize winner in the Fourth of July baby parade proved that Elvis is still the king.

Decked out their ‘50s car, with a pink poodle skirt, black leather and a rock ‘n roll guitar, the Lausch family stole the show at Lititz Springs Park with their jukebox float. They took top prize in the float category, then grabbed the Delmar Landis Grand Prize.

The themed float was the epitome of ‘50s fun, with 45 records, dice hanging from the rear view mirror, and a bright jukebox playing the hits. Elvis was Brady Lausch, who made the crowd swoon with his white satin jumpsuit and hip swivel. His brother Caden seemed to be channeling James Dean with rolled up jeans, white tee and cool leather jacket. Little sister Ava was doing her finest Sandra Dee, with her blonde ponytail and red and white poodle skirt.

The Lausch family — Brady, Caden and Ava — rocked the ‘50s theme at Saturday’s baby parade in Lititz Springs Park, and took home the event’s grand prize. (Photos by Laura Knowles)

The Lausch family — Brady, Caden and Ava — rocked the ‘50s theme at Saturday’s baby parade in Lititz Springs Park, and took home the event’s grand prize. (Photos by Laura Knowles)

As grand prize winners, the Lausch kids took home a trophy that was bigger than they were. They didn’t mind, as they dragged it to their float.

The baby parade was organized by the Lititz Women of Today, and the Delmar Landis Grand Prize honored the late Delmar Landis, who was passionate about constructing creative baby parade floats for the annual Fourth of July event.

For the 2015 baby parade there were four prize categories: Best Use of the Red, White and Cool Theme; Most Creative; Best Float; and Best Hometown Spirit.

Lacey and Clair Yoder fly through Lititz Springs Park in their Red, White and Cool airplane float.

Lacey and Clair Yoder fly through Lititz Springs Park in their Red, White and Cool airplane float.

The second place float was a clever airplane flown by Lacey and Clair Yoder. The patriotic red and white striped plane had blue and white starry wings.

There were lots of entries with the Red, White, and Cool theme that gave a nod to the nostalgic 1950s.

First place went to the “Too Cool to Share” float, which really was a float, as in an ice cream float with two straws and a cherry on top. Ruby and Foster Harris rode on the small float, while big sister Lindy pulled them along.

Second place in Red, White, and Cool was a clever malt shop with Sam McFadden all set up with his favorite treats, like burgers, hot dogs, root beer, and ice cream sundaes. Third place went to a ‘57 Chevy with three ponytailed cuties.

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Big sister Lindy Harris pulls siblings Ruby and Foster on their first place ice cream float in the July 4 baby parade.

Most Creative first-place winner was the Schofield Farms truck, with Elijah and Evan Schofield on board a watermelon truck. Second place went to the Star-Spangled Beach Baby.

First place for Best Hometown Spirit took a look into the future, with Addilyn and Adelise Crane as Queen of the Candles 2030.

The first baby parade got its start in 1937, with categories that included Colonial, Most Original, Artistic, Best Dressed, and Twins Only. From 1960 through 1985, the baby parade disappeared from the park. Then in 1986, Lititz Mayor Roy Clair brought back the tradition, organized by the Lititz Woman’s Club.

This year’s parade was led by Landon Elmer, crown bearer, and Sheridan Mackenzie, flower girl, for the 74th Queen of the Candles Pageant.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback at lknowles21@gmail.com.

Elijah and Evan Schofield, on board their watermelon truck, were voted Most Creative at this year’s baby parade

Elijah and Evan Schofield, on board their watermelon truck, were voted Most Creative at this year’s baby parade

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