NPF Parade float builders not letting rain stop them

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) -- The highlight of the National Peanut Festival, the parade is set to kick off Saturday morning.

At the Houston County Farm Center, the mad dash was on Friday for more than 60 groups to have floats done for the parade.

Parade organizer, Ralph Johnson says, "It's a problem because we have to decorate at the last minute, and the folks who're putting floats in the parade have to come out primarily this afternoon and get their floats finalized and ready to go."

Intense rainfall throughout the week left those building the floats scrambling with quite a few hurdles to get past.

Ms. Teen Ashford, MaKenzi Rudolph tells us, "It's been really, really hard because the mud and all the rain leaves the float wet, all the glitter and glue gets washed away, it's terrible."

Others came to the farm center with a game plan, and rolling out the tarps, just in case.

Daleville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kecia Ham says, "We're trying to not take any chances if we don't have to. We really want to make sure it's covered. It's a beautiful float, and we want to make sure the girls are presented the way they're supposed to be presented."

And one float builder hasn't let the rain stop her from putting together something memorable.

Samantha Angerbrandt, the Director of the Graceville Pageant Queens tells us, "We just wanted to honor them, because they are the diamonds of the panhandle. They're the only reason we are up and going now."

Despite some adverse conditions, plenty of the floats behind me are well on their way to being finished, and being ready to roll down main street.

You can watch the NPF Parade Saturday morning at 9:30 on WTVY.