A Blue Ribbon Year!
By Christie Coykendall
Mill Tour Coordinator
Blue ribbons were flying at the Milwaukie Daze Parade this year. The Bob’s Red Mill section was led by a sky-blue banner proclaiming “Steel Cut Oats; The World’s Best Oatmeal” followed closely by Sam Miller (Brian’s son) wearing a costume of the famous cereal package proudly displaying our big, blue, first-place, ribbon (won last fall in Carrbridge, Scotland).
Next in line came the four beautiful antique cars owned Bob & Charlee Moore and Wes & Opal Tarr, always a popular favorite.
Behind them 30 employees and 24 family members filled the streets of Milwaukie handing out crowd-pleasing samples of those famous Steel Cut Oats and Muesli packages along with 600 free cookie coins from the Whole Grain Store.
Jeff Schrader drove the truck carrying a miniature red water wheel that pulled our huge “Shipping Case Box Float,” filled with bubbling children.
Riding beside the colorful float were six bicycles from the Maintenance Dept. sporting new display placards of our most popular products.
Did I mention that our group won a great big blue ribbon for the Most Enthusiastic entry?