Scouts building float for Portsmouth, Bristol parades

Wendy Bartholomew and her 5-year-old son, Logan, 5, apply strips of newspaper to the frame of the float. Wendy Bartholomew and her 5-year-old son, Logan, 5, apply strips of newspaper to the frame of the float.

Wendy Bartholomew and her 5-year-old son, Logan, 5, apply strips of newspaper to the frame of the float.

Wendy Bartholomew and her 5-year-old son, Logan, 5, apply strips of newspaper to the frame of the float.

PORTSMOUTH —  It may not be edible, but the oversized birthday cake parade float under construction at the Portsmouth Business Park does have at least one ingredient found in the real thing.

“A birthday cake is usually made from flour, so we got flour in the paper mache,” said Gary Gump, a member of the Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee, which is working with Girl Scout Troop 730 to get the float finished in time for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade. After that, the float will be featured in the Portsmouth 375th Parade on Saturday, Aug. 31.

“I think we’ll get it done in time, said Melinda Weldon, one of the troop leaders along with Karen Ferris. “We have a deadline of July 4. We’ll make it.”

The Scouts and 375th members spent their second Saturday this weekend working on the float at Park Place, a storage facility for classic or collectible cars that’s located at the business park.

“The girls are working on their bronze medals, so they have to do 18 hours of community service. We decided to work with the Portsmouth 375th Committee,” explained Ms. Ferris. The Scouts previously made more than 30 kites that they gave away for the Earth Day Kite Fly Event the committee hosted at Glen Park in April.

For more on the project, pick up this week’s (June 20) issue of The Portsmouth Times.

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