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66th annual Topton Halloween Parade dedicated in memory of Uncle Jeffrey Tapler

The 66th annual Topton Halloween Parade was dedicated in memory of Uncle Jeffrey Tapler on Oct. 8.

Parade sponsor, the Topton Community Outreach Club, a nonprofit organization based in Topton, announced on its Facebook page prior to the parade that the club is saddened by the passing of Uncle Jeffrey Tapler from the local TV station CWTAP.

“He was a great supporter and promoter of our annual Topton Halloween Parade. Jeffrey loved his community and was a conduit for spreading joy to his followers,” the club posted. “Uncle Jeffrey loved his friends and neighbors. TCOC and this community will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.”

Topton Community Outreach Club dedicated the 66th annual Topton Halloween Parade in memory of Uncle Jeffrey Tapler who would have served as a master of ceremonies as well as hosted a live broadcast of the parade. (Submitted photo - Leann Sacks)
Topton Community Outreach Club dedicated the 66th annual Topton Halloween Parade in memory of Uncle Jeffrey Tapler, who would have served as a master of ceremonies as well as hosted a live broadcast of the parade. (Submitted photo – Leann Sacks)

Uncle Jeffrey first was a parade participant with his Big Green Machine for many years. Last year he produced a live broadcast of the 2021 parade for those unable to attend the parade in person.

This year Uncle Jeffrey was scheduled to not only broadcast the parade but be the master of ceremonies on the Crazy Elmer Memorial Stage at the Topton American Legion.

With his death the week before the parade, Jonah Schlegel stepped in as master of ceremonies at Legion Stage. Randy Schlegel led the proceedings at the Main Stage on Home Avenue.

Uncle Jeffrey would have replaced Crazy Elmer as the master of ceremonies at the Legion Stage at Center and Haas Street.

ClenRoy Geist, known by locals as Crazy Elmer for his sharp wit and humor, was an icon in the Topton community and served as the parade master of ceremonies for more than 20 years. Geist passed away in 2021. The Topton Community Outreach Club dedicated the Legion Stage in his honor at last year’s parade.

2022 Winners

This year, 70 groups participated in the parade, with an Elvis Presley-themed float winning the grand prize.

The Friends of Brandywine created a Las Vegas-style display complete with a stage, a large “Elvis” sign in bright lights, a band and two singing Elvis impersonators.

Goats wore Halloween costumes for the first-place winning float by Steinmertz Family Farm. (Submitted photo – Leann Sacks)

Also taking top prizes were floats featuring animals.

“This year we had a few local family farm businesses that put really nice floats together and were actually the top three prize winners in the float category,” said Roylene Jarrett of the Topton Community Outreach Club. “Animals seem to always be a crowd favorite and the goats stole the show this year again.”

Goats wearing pajamas for Quiet Meadows Farms’ first-place winning float “Goat Slumber Party” made for a crowd favorite last year.

This time goats wore Halloween costumes for the winning float by Steinmertz Family Farm.

ACEC Farm and Market won second place in the floats category for their "Fall on the Farm" float. (Submitted photo - Leann Sacks)
ACEC Farm and Market won second place in the floats category. (Submitted photo – Leann Sacks)

ACEC Farm & Market (ACEC is short for Alice, Chad, Evan and Collin) won second place for their float featuring inflatable pig costumes walking alongside a few real pigs from the farm.

LaFaver Family Farm won third place for a float encouraging people to buy American beef. It featured a large steer statue and a large American flag.

LaFaver Family Farm won third place. (Submitted photo – Leann Sacks)

Honorable Mention for floats went to Team Michalski Racing for “Wreck in Ralph” and 4 Your Entertainment for “Jurassic World.”

In the groups category, first place went to Brandywine Heights Recreation and Middle School Cheerleading for its “Top Gun” theme, second place to Lehigh Valley Patriot Flames 12U for their “Immortal Flames” theme and third place to Brandywine Girls Softball League for their “Boatloads of Fun” theme. Honorable Mention was presented to the Boyertown Legionette Twirlers.

In the groups category, first place went to Brandywine Heights Recreation and Middle School Cheerleading for their “Top Gun” theme. (Submitted photo – Leann Sacks)

In the Scout groups category, winners were Girl Scouts of Eastern PA-Brandywine Heights Service Units, Topton Cub Scouts Pack 510, and Longswamp Cub Scouts Pack 575.

Chicks with Fire Sticks won first place in the masqueraders category.

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The Topton Community Outreach Club recognized a former local business by making Trexler Florist the grand marshal.

“We honored Bill Trexler and his sister, Wilda Ann Trexler, for their dedication to our community,”  Jarrett said. “Trexler Florist has been a local business in our community since 1930. It was a family business for three generations, creating a lifetime of memories for Bill and Wilda Ann. Local residents used the florist for all occasions. The florist closed last fall due to COVID-19 and the effects it had on churches, weddings and funerals.”

The club also thanks all who purchased parade raffle tickets. The proceeds from the raffle go directly to supporting the parade. Raffle tickets were pulled after the parade. Visit the Topton Community Outreach Club Facebook page for a list of raffle winners.

The club thanks Leann Sacks for her photos of the parade.

Jarrett expressed hope for the event’s future, saying: “The club wants this community tradition to continue. The parade is a family-oriented parade that brings the community together year after year.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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