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All in celebration of Chester Greenwood

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Members of the Sandy River Girl Scouts and Brownies of Temple wore reindeer gear and marched in the 32nd annual Chester Greenwood Day Parade today in Farmington to honor the prolific inventor of hundreds of items, including the earmuff. A huge crowd turned out for the colorful parade down Main Street. The parade is sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and includes many other events throughout the day.

Historian Paul Mills, at right, holds up a pair of earmuffs, as he recites his original poem to mark the 32nd annual Chester Greenwood Day. At left is Farmington Selectman John Frary and watching at center are Chester Greenwood’s granddaughter, Caroline Thompson of Cumberland, who portrays Isabel Greenwood, wife of Chester, and Clyde Ross who portrays Chester. Mills’ poem: As we proclaim/This man of great fame/Have no fear/About our ears/ Because Chester’s ears/ Were colder than those of his peers/And so for many, many years/ We have observed a day of fantastic cheer/That has brought our great town momentous and glorious international renown./ He was in a sense an inventor of many great things./ And so in this season when the bells always seem to ring/let us surrender wondrous joy/ For the man who gave us not a ploy/That was not even a toy/But an item that was by no means a bunch of fluff/It was the immortal Chester greenwood earmuff.
Under Sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s, a big crowd turned at the 32nd annual Chester Greenwood Day Parade today in Farmington. The event is sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.


Nearly 25 descendants of Farmington’s native Chester Greenwood turned out to ride in the 32nd annual parade today. The Greenwood clan, riding in a float titled, “Another Generation of Greenwood Ears!” noted the many other inventions Chester Greenwood created besides earmuffs.


Camden National Bank’s “Reindeer on Strike,” drew applause from the big crowd lining Main Street to see this year’s Chester Greenwood Day parade. The parade is sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and includes many other events throughout the day.
 
Lydia Doyle, 7, of Farmington, at left, and Chloe Venter, 8, of Industry, portray Victorian-era carolers on the Chester Greenwood Day parade entry “Christmas in Farmington.” The New Hope Baptist Church float, which was the overall parade entry winner, was created by Sandi Rebert, and will be used as a backdrop for their upcoming Christmas concert 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 at the church at 268 Perham St. in Farmington. 

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