2016-07-19 / Front Page

Putnam County Fair Theme ‘Indiana’s 200th: Cultivating Community, Progress & Growth’

The Putnam County Fair Parade is ready to help Indiana celebrate its Bicentennial!

This year’s Putnam County Fair Parade is set to take place on Friday, July 22. The theme this year is “Indiana’s 200th: Cultivating Community, Progress & Growth.” The Parade Committee encourages everyone to come out to help kick-off the 2016 Putnam County Fair.

The route is similar to previous years, starting at Wood and Washington Streets at 6:30pm. From there, the parade will head down Washington Street to the Square. From the Square, parade participants will either continue west on Washington Street to 231 North and on to the fairgrounds or turn right on Indiana Street heading to Franklin Street and return to their staging areas.

Participants will sign in and register at the Greencastle High School (GHS) Parking Lot entrance located on Percy L. Julian Drive. Participants will then be directed to one of a few staging areas: GHS and GMS Parking lot, Gardenside Drive, Robe Ann Park, Washington Street, or other allotted areas. Your staging area assignment will be determined by the Fair Parade Committee.

Competitive parade floats are always welcomed and encouraged! These floats will be judged in the GHS parking lot at 5 p.m. Entries need to be lined up and ready for judging no later than 4:45 p.m. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in two divisions: Adult and youth. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners. Judges this year will be Don Badolato of the Putnam County Assessor’s Office, Michele Faison of the Inn at DePauw, and Ashley Underwood Putnam County 4H Horse and Pony Leader.

Sue Murray will marshal our parade this year. Sue gave the community eight years as our mayor, and is an excellent representation of community involvement that the Parade Committee feels embodies the spirit of this year’s Fair theme. She will be taken through the parade route by the Arnold Family and their Halflinger show horses. The Chandler Family will also be escorting members of the Putnam County 4H Queen Court.

Even though all these details have been finalized the entry window isn’t closed! The Parade Committee encourages anyone and everyone to be involved in this year’s fair parade! This can be through entering your float or display in the parade or volunteering. Fair Parade Committee member Nancy Michael said “Regardless of what club, company, organization you belong to, we want you to join us. Be creative and have fun.” Another member Tyler Brammer says “We are striving to make this parade the biggest one yet! We’re hoping to see many new faces this year.” If you want to be one of these new faces there are several ways to be one: Go to the Parade’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/putnamcountyfairparade (be sure to like our page to make sure you don’t miss out on emergency updates and next years parade!). You will find a link to the registration form there. You could also go to www.putcofair.org the registration form can be found here as well. AND you can also contact Nancy Michael 765- 720-1974/ nmichael04@yahoo.com, Tyler Brammer tylerbrammer_ 2017@depauw.edu, or Shea Mahoney Sutherland sheams@gmail.com for registration or volunteer questions.

The committee asks that observers set up their chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities and “to be safe and cautious during the parade” Michael noted. “Immediately after the parade we have a group of volunteers that have generously agreed to help with clean up. We also encourage people to clean up their own areas to keep lawns and our roadways clean”. Special thanks goes to: Greencastle Civic League, James Coy and Employees, Putnam County Comprehensive Service, just to name a few for their service.

This year’s parade is made possible by community volunteers. The parade committee includes: Tyler Brammer, Gordon and Lynette Williams, Ken Heeke, Perry and Rose Wainmann, John Jackman, Don Mundy, Shea Mahoney Sutherland, Katie Douglas and Nancy Michael.

The Parade Committee also would like to thank all of the City of Greencastle Departments that make the parade possible, without them there would be no parade!

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