SULLIVAN — Although there again will be no “World’s Greatest Junk Parade” on Labor Day this year in Sullivan and Rome, the event, according to an organizer, will be back in 2022 and “better than ever.”
According to Corinne Dockter, the junk parade’s treasurer of five years, COVID-19 and permit problems scuttled the event in 2020, and road construction has done-in this year’s version of the march of crazily costumed revelers and broken-down machinery.
“Our parade route was scheduled for (highway) construction into September, then the COVID-19 is rearing up again. But we intend to be back and better than ever next year,” Dockter said, adding the event averages 40 floats in recent years over a 3.8-mile route that runs from Rome to Sullivan on County Highway F.
The World’s Greatest Junk Parade was the brainchild of two zany, local entrepreneurs, Udo Fuchs and A.J. Luebek, in 1974. The event ceased operation in 1990 and returned in 2011.
“We will be back,” Dockter said. “For next year, I’d really like to do more at the park afterwards. Nothing is set in stone yet, but a petting zoo is possible and we’d like to bring it back bigger and better since we had this hiatus — with more ‘family fun’ things to do afterwards.”