The parade kicked off the town’s festivities spanning five days from Friday into Tuesday in honor of Worthington’s founding as a town in 1768. A potluck dinner on Friday under a large tent pitched next to Town Hall served as the first event, which drew nearly 300 people, according to Johnson.
“There is always a strong sense of community living in this town,” Johnson said. “Something about this town seems to bring all sorts of people together and there is a good feeling. It’s exciting to watch it all come together.”
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, joined the parade, waving to their Worthington constituents and smiling on a clear, sunny morning. Over the course of an hour and a half, more than 107 entries of floats, fire trucks, vintage cars, tractors, veterans and policemen made their way from the town’s airstrip on the corner of Radiker Road and Route 112 all the way up to Starkweather Road.