ACFA — Ajo Council for the Fine Arts — is a diverse and talented group. Once again they pooled their efforts to produce an award-winning float.
The theme for the 2015 4th of July parade was Founding Fathers and/or Youth Groups of America. That was a tough one.
We decided on the Boston Tea Party as several of the Founding Fathers were involved and one could argue that The Sons of Liberty was a youth group. (OK, it’s a pretty loose argument).
We started with the model pictured and from there built a ship with tea crates, masts and rigging. The hull was built in Jim & Sherri’s shop then transported to Room 3 of the Sonoran Desert Conference Center. The trick was building the ship so we could get it out a 3’ wide door. Kind of like a ship in a bottle …
After the ship was assembled and painted we moved it out the door in sections and reassembled it on the trailer outside.
Once it was on the trailer, tied down and covered we headed for Carol’s garage which is just blocks away from the start of the parade.
There we touched up the paint and put on all the finishing touches.
The morning of the 4th we pulled the ship out of the garage and put up the masts and rigging, attached the waves, which moved up and down, got into our costumes and hit the road.
At the end of the parade we waited in the beer garden for the announcement that we won first place.
This is the 6th year that the ACFA has had a float in the 4th of July Parade. They have been awarding prizes for the last 3 years. We have taken first place all three years!