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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 03 2010

NDSU pride on parade

It was hard to tell whether there was more green and yellow in the fall foliage at North Dakota State University or on the backs of the Bison fans who lined the route of the annual homecoming parade Saturday.

Several thousand people along North University Drive and 12th Avenue North enjoyed a cool, sunny morning with a mix of marching bands, cheerleaders, classic cars, mascots and enough tossed candy to keep local dentists busy for the next six months.

Daniel Concha, a 1999 graduate, brought his wife and three children to the parade.

“The weather’s perfect. Can’t ask for anything better,” Concha said, vowing it make it an annual family affair.

Anna Hagemeyer, a “super senior” from Clara City, Minn., was a super fan, with a flowing green cape.

“We’re 3-1 right now. We’re going to win today for sure,” she said. “We’re going to have an awesome season!”

While her prognostication for the game fell short later in the day (NDSU lost to Western Illinois University 28-16), others took to the current task at hand during the parade.

For Jack Seabold, wearing a No. 3 NDSU jersey, it was all about the sweets.

“Candy!” he shouted, hopping from one leg to another. “Candy, candy candy!”

Befitting the state’s premier agricultural university, the 1970 football team and hall of famers pulled on past the crowds on flatbed hay wagons, followed later by a Synchronized Tractor Corps.

Nikki Welsch, a former NDSU volleyball player, cheered her Hall of Fame sister, Teresa (Hegg) Wendland, with her son Zach, 16, and 11-month-old Molly, who was decked out in an NDSU winter cap.

“We’re preparing her to be a volleyball player, though her dad would prefer her to be a basketball player. But we like Bison athletics of any kind,” Welsch said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583