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Parade to kick off fair week

The Putnam County fair parade is ready to help kick off the 2017 fair week!

This annual Putnam County fair parade is set to take place on Friday, July 21. The theme this year is “Blue Ribbon Memories.” The Parade Committee encourages everyone to come out to help kick off the 2017 Putnam County Fair.

The route is similar to previous years, starting at Wood and Washington streets at 6:30 p.m. 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 onto 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 the designated staging areas: GHS / GMS Parking lots, 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 at 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. This year’s judges will be Mackensy Asbell of Moore’s Bar and Grill, Laurie Heeke Monnett with First Financial Bank and Eric Wolfe, Broker & Owner of Prime Real Estate Group.

We are proud to announce that Ken Torr will marshal our parade this year. Ken has given a lifetime of service to Putnam County 4-Hers in too many ways to list, and is an excellent representation of community involvement that the parade committee feels embodies the spirit of this year’s fair theme. The Chandler family will be escorting Mr. Torr through the parade with their horse and carriage.

Residents in the affected neighborhoods (Anderson, Seminary, Wood, Gardenside, Washington, and Stadium) will have limited access to their home after 5 p.m. Roads will be blocked for the parade at 5 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. This is an annual event that we enjoy hosting and thank everyone for their patience.

Several details have been finalized, however, 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. 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.

“We encourage people to help up out by cleaning up their areas to keep lawns and our roadways clean. We will have a group of volunteers that have generously agreed to help with our cleanup.” 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 Wainman, 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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