Canby Royalty and the Grand Floral Parade
Canby had a major presence in the June 8 Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade with Canby resident Vern Hulit and his daughter Stacey Flintjer sharing Grand Marshal duties. They joined the Canby High School Marching Band and Canby Rodeo Queen Savannah Storlie and Princess Maddie Coleman, who won first place in the Equestrian Division. Hulit, a long- time member of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse color guard was first asked to be the assistant to the Equestrian Director for two years. He then became the director and served for 17 years as a Rose Festival Director. When he retired, he was asked to become a Royal Rosarian and served for four years. This is his 60th year participating in the festival. There's even an Equestrian Award in his name for outstanding preparation and presentation in the parade sponsored by the Rose Festival and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse. Hulit's daughter Stacey began working on the parade at age 14 as a junior scooper, retired two trophies in the Equestrian Costume Class and was named Festival Volunteer of the year a few years ago. She has been in charge of the Equestrian Division of the parade for 19 years and is likely to continue next year. Damon Hulit, Vern's son, and John Flintjer, his son-in-law, have also ridden horses in the parade for many years and currently assist Stacey with the Equestrian Division.