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Gwendolyn McKay, 2, enjoys a ride at Woodbury Days Saturday. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Woodbury Days Grande Parade, 'Taste' winners announced (W/PHOTO GALLERY)

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Steamy temperatures didn't keep Woodbury Days from remaining a hit in 2013.

Theresa Janechek, president of Woodbury Days Council, said the event drew record crowds on Friday and Saturday.

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"I think it was a great event," she said after Woodbury Days concluded on Sunday, which saw temperatures climb to 95 in Woodbury.

The high for the day occurred while the Woodbury Days Grande Parade traversed the city on its way to the fairgrounds at Ojibway Park.

Neighbors along the parade route gleefully sprayed down those marching in the event.

One resident even sacrificed his weathered garden hose in hopes of providing a momentary relief for the marchers. Steeple View Road resident Nick Milleson drilled holes in the hose, then stopped the end, which provided a steady stream of cool water for passers-by.

"They can just walk through at their leisure," Milleson said after laying out the hose on the curb.

Janechek said the weather likely did a number on attendance at the festival on Sunday, though she said the relatively small number of heat-related medical calls were a pleasant surprise.

"It was really good that people planned for it and made accommodations," she said, adding that those included stationing Woodbury ambulances at key points in the parade.

Meanwhile, the Best of Woodbury Days winners were announced Monday.

Taste of Woodbury winners were:

Best Entree: Acapulco (burrito)

Best Fair Food: Holy Cross (cheese curds)

Best Dessert: Culvers (concrete mixer)

Best Taste of Woodbury Booth: Green Mill

Grande Parade winners were:

Most Entertaining: Ultimate Martial Arts

Most Outrageous: Woodbury Senior Living

Best Business Representation: Classical Ballet Academy

Spirit of Woodbury: Woodbury Royals football team

Best Royalty: Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival

Judges' Choice: Delmonico Dance

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