Aside from the Vilonia Fire Truck stalling in the first 100 yards and a horse or two spooking at a painted toad on the pavement at Toad Suck Square, the 73rd Faulkner County Parade went off without a hitch.Well, with lots of hitches that pulled beauty queens, wagons, political candidates and decorated floats.The parade committee met Tuesday, one last time to recap this year’s successful parade."One of the best," said chairman Rick Sublett.In the past he has remarked that committee members, some who have served for decades, know their jobs and the work gets done.Getting 3,000-plus people and horses all lined up may look like a miracle, but it’s just plain hard work based on years of experience, he said.Miss Arkansas was ebullient in her praise for the parade, the crowd and especially her convertible that coincidentally turned out to be the same color as her gown, Sublett said.Sublett, who has been the chairman for three years, was given an ovation by the committee."We hope that means he’s agreed to be chairman again," said Russell Bankston, who has organized the marching bands for 30 or 40 years, he forgets how long.The committee won’t meet again until June and at the first meeting in the fall, the committee will decide on a theme for the elementary school floats."Movie Madness" was the theme this year with Jim Stone Elementary taking first prize.Their winning float was on display in the Expo Center during the County Fair."That was a nice touch, one we hope to continue," Sublett said.(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)