COOLIDGE — After a year of absence of Coolidge Days because of COVID-19, the city reported that more people attended than expected this past weekend.

There were 28 booths or vendors, with 14 of them paying $200 to sell food. There were also three arts and crafts vendors who paid between $75 and $100 depending on whether electricity was needed. Another 11 booths, which were free, were for informational items.

There were 21 entries in Saturday’s parade, and more than a thousand residents lined the streets to watch.

The top marching section was awarded to the Coolidge High School marching band. Jotastic was named the best motorized antique vehicle, while M&S Equipment took the honor for best commercial entry.

For the civic entries, the Coolidge High School FFA team took the top honor.

Coolidge Parks and Recreation Administrative Assistant Ashley Freeman said there was no charge for the parade entrants.

The city had about 1,000 wrist bands for sale at $25 each, and they sold out, she said.

“We did not expect as many people as came out,” Freeman said, adding the carnival on Saturday night stayed open well past 10:30 p.m.

Freeman thinks the turnout could have had something to do with the city not being able to have Coolidge Days last year.

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