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RYAN BAKKEN: Making bingo out of horse ‘plops’

Published 06/12/2012, Grand Forks Herald

One of the standard rules of parades: Don’t put a beauty queen float directly behind the horses. That’s because it’s difficult to smile with a curled-up nose. Curled-up noses are inevitable because parade horses do what bears do in the woods. It’s a groan-inducing cliché that the crappiest job for parade volunteers is walking the route with a shovel and pail.

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