Archer holds Yulee-Diddley Day

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By The Staff

Archer's Yulee Diddley Day 2008 was a festival day like none other north of Key West or East of New Orleans.

The kick-off day began at 9 a.m. featuring Grey Wolf, a Native American duet entertainer and song writer, performing from the Archer Railroad Museum's Depot building's back porch stage. Other entertainment followed until the parade.

In Archer the word is that Archer parade's are participatory-- and this parade certainly was. First came the sheriff's motorcycles, other motorcycles from Rolling Thunder, candidates, fire engines, antique cars, a Gainesville city bus, candy and beads flew, floats passed by, tractors,

Indians on parade followed by veterans of different wars, cannons, riderless horses and a mass of horse riders in parade. It was a parade of parades.

The streets were lined with vendors, candidates and politicians roamed, while the entertainment continued from the stage. The Native Americans had a camp and powwow, while the re-enactors fired their cannons from the Civil War camp.

Another highlight of the day was the first Archer's Idol Talent Contest held later in the afternoon.

Commissioner and Chairman of the Alachua County Commission Rodney Long read the Proclamation which declared Saturday June 7, 2008 Yulee Diddley Day in Alachua County. It was a great day.

Phil Denton

Chairman and President of the Archer Historical Society