Patriot Parade and celebration set for Sunday

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This Sunday is the Fourth of July and you can sure tell it in the town of Patriot.

This year’s Fourth of July celebration, which also honors the 190 years of the Town of Patriot’s existence, promises to be the biggest and best to date.

The parade will start promptly at 1 p.m., and everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the event.

In lieu of judging the various types of entrants, it has been decided that everyone in the parade this year will be a winner and receive a participation ribbon and certificate.

Entries will be accepted the day of the parade, but advance registration is preferred. Entry forms for the parade not submitted in advance may result in the delay of the certificate and ribbons.

Entry forms are available at Patriot Town Hall until 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), or those seeking entry forms may call 594-2243. You may also contact Kay Cook by email PatriotNews1995@aol.com; or leave a message at 594-2281 and she may be able to assist you by phone.

It has been decided by the Patriot/Posey Township Park Board that this year a waiver must be signed to participate in the parade. In addition, no one is to throw any candy, toys, etc. during the parade, but those items may be handed out along the parade route.

These decisions have been made based on safety concerns, and compliance will be appreciated.

The two staging areas for the parade are at the Patriot Boat Ramp and the Old Jail. Animals and pedestrians should meet at the Old Jail. Everyone else should stage at the Patriot Boat Ramp. As usual, the lineup will be done by first come, first serve basis and will begin at noon.

The official Patriot 4th of July 2010 tee-shirts are in and on sale at the Town Hall for $10 each. Sizes range from adult small to 2XL. The shirts will also be on sale the day of the festivities both at the staging areas; the intersection of Highway 156 and 250; and at Harris Park.

Russell Fitzgerald and Jean Rose are serving as this year’s Grand Marshals. Russell Fitzgerald is not only a veteran, but was a POW. Jean Rose is a long time resident of Patriot and has been active in numerous community activities.

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New parade entrants received include: the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and VFW Post #5396 Color Guard; the “Patriot Steamboat” of Dan and Justin Back; Girl Scout Troop #3176 “Girls on the Go”; the “Egypt Bottom River Rats”; Fehrman Realty; Regedio’s Restaurant; and the Southeastern Indiana Murat Shrine Club.

Previous entrants are: the Royal Order of Rednecks, Inc., Patriot Lodge #01 featuring the 1957 Chevrolet pick up truck of Micky Mathews; the Murat Shrine Police Motorcycle Drill Team; the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 Color Guard; VFW Post #5396; Staff Officer Bill Wiseman with the Department of Homeland Security U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla; North Bend Farms; and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Candidates who have signed up to be part of the parade include: Bob Bischoff, Jud McMillin, Swede Colen, Roy Leap, Monica Hensley, Gayle Rayles, and Michael Jones.

Adding to the distinguished personalities of “Uncle Sam” (Darrell Kasson) and “Kuba the Clown” (Dan Bixler) in attendance, bagpiper Thom Pommerehn and the Vevay Music Club will be performing during the Memorial Park flag ceremonies.

Representatives from Dearborn County PAWS Rescue, VFW Post #5396 Auxiliary and the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be set up at the intersection. The VFW Auxiliary will be selling budding poppies. The PVFD Auxiliary will be selling its cookbook “A Taste of Patriot”.

The day’s festivities will only just begin with the parade, which will end at the Memorial Park around 2 p.m. for the annual Flag Ceremony.

Afterwards there will be an old-fashioned pitch-in dinner at Harris Park across the street scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. Suggestions for the pitch-in are vegetable dishes and desserts.

Concluding the day’s festivities, kids can enjoy the inflatable playground equipment, while the parents can relax for the “Music in the Park” concert scheduled to start at approximately 4 p.m. and features Shelley Hankinson Turner, CMT’s “Singing Bee” Champ.

The parade route will be mainly on Highway 156 from the bridge on the north edge of town to the firehouse on 5th Street.

Volunteers are always needed, and interested persons are asked to contact Linda Fisk or Kay Cook in person, send an email to PatriotNews1995@aol.com, stop by Town Hall or call 594-2243.

- Kay Cook