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FARMINGTON — For Farmington resident Ben Lawley, waiting for his son to participate with his team in the Connie Mack World Series Parade this morning was an awesome feeling.

Lawley's son is playing for Lonestar Baseball Club from Hutto, Texas. The team qualified for the tournament after winning the South Plains Regional Qualifier.

"This is his first time. This has been his lifelong dream, playing in Connie Mack," Lawley said.

When asked what Lawley thought about his son fulfilling a dream, he replied, "I love it."

Although this was his son's first time in the baseball series, it was not the first time Lawley has watched the parade.

"These teams, regardless of where they are from, they worked hard to get where they're at," he said, adding that by attending the parade, he is showing support for the players.

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The proud father, like many others who attended today's parade, watched as this year's teams rode on flatbed trucks and were greeted with cheers and excitement.

A spectator shouted, "Good job, fellows," to the Dallas Tigers and South Troy Dodgers players as they moved down the parade route.

Hogback resident Jacklyn Johnhat and her cousin selected a spot near the corner of Main Street and Behrend Avenue. The pair settled in after dropping off Johnhat's 11-year-old daughter at the parade's starting area at 9 a.m.

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This was Johnhat's first time at the parade, and she was there to support her daughter, who walked with her softball team, the PinkSox.

Johnhat said she was looking forward to the experience and seeing the teams and various floats.

Before the parade's 10 a.m. start, several spectators set up chairs and placed blankets on the sidewalk along Main Street.

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Music reverberated as floats moved into position at the starting area for the parade, near the corner of Main Street and Auburn Avenue, and people took advantage of the shade provided by trees at the Citizens Bank parking lot.

Children shouted when Andy Baldez drove his buggy to the front of the parade. Baldez, a Bloomfield resident and member of Cliffhangers 4-Wheel Drive Club, built the buggy in 2013.

He said he has participated in previous Connie Mack parades and keeps returning because it gives him an opportunity to show off the buggy.

"I like to see the reaction of the crowd. …I like to put on a show," Baldez said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at

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