BALLSTON SPA: A shear infraction

"Our mother made five dresses for us and our sisters," said Ruth Coleman. "I was supposed to ride on a bicycle built for two, but I ended up walking in that parade. I remember everyone was dressed up, even people watching from the curbs. It poured rain right after it ended."

This year's bicentennial parade takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, down Milton Avenue, and is expected to last three hours.

"We're riding on a float this time around," said Betty Coleman.

The court proceedings were followed by a men's facial hair contest, awarding men first, second and third place ribbons for their fuzzy faces. Most of the men began sprouting their chin hair in January 2007 when the bicentennial year began. On Saturday after the parade, there will be a final Brothers of the Brush contest, with the winner determined by audience applause.

"We're encouraging everyone to bring lots of family members and friends," said bicentennial committee volunteer Frank Griffin. "What better way to go down in village history?""

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