CANONSBURG (KDKA) — With thousands of marchers and tens of thousands of spectators, Canonsburg hosts the state’s second largest Fourth of July parade.

This was the 49th year. Front row seats went to those who planned ahead.

As always, Canonsburg has a parade of chairs on the sidewalk, but this time there was a contest.

The best in each category won $100. Patty Coleman and daughter Marah tried their hand at star spangled patriotism and originality in the form of hometown singer Bobby Vinton and the ever popular Hines Ward.

Judges from a downtown improvement group cast their parking chair votes the night before. The most patriotic was dreamed up by long-time resident Clara Dorchak and her family.

“It’s a family project,” she said. “We always do something.”

“Clara will be 91 in September. She’s lived in Canonsburg all her life, so I don’t think any of us have really missed a parade,” Lisa Meyer said. “We’ve lived on the parade route. I’m 44 and I think I’ve missed two.”

Canonsburg’s contribution to music is reflected in the original chair winner.

“Used the records of local artists Perry Como and Bobby Vinton,” Sandra Bukochinsky said. “We put the little fabulous fifties sign on and we told America happy birthday from America’s small town music capital and our family and it worked.”

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