The village of Sunbury’s three-day weekend Bicentennial Bash and Independence Day Celebration got underway Saturday with the village’s traditional Fourth of July parade.
In keeping with an effort that started several years ago, honored guests riding in the parade were veterans of the United States Armed Forces – from World War II through the present conflicts in the Middle East.
Parade grand marshals were Myers Inn Museum curator Polly Horn and Red Edwards, who has been an important figure throughout the years in the development of Big Walnut High School’s cross-country and track & field programs.
The honorary grand marshal was Lt. Col. Dr. Christina Hahn, a Big Walnut High School graduate serving with the U.S. Army.
Local dignitaries riding in the parade included Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield, Galena Mayor Tom Hopper, Delaware County Commissioners Barb Lewis and Jeff Benton, and State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl.
Bicentennial Princess Brooke Setmire rode in the parade; and Kim Low made a re-appearance. Low, owner of Noah’s Ark Day Care in Sunbury, was parade royalty during the village’s 1976 U.S. bicentennial celebration.
Making the convertible rides through town under sunny skies and moderate temperatures were fall homecoming queen Sarah Hatfield, winter homecoming queen Sami Rammelsberg, and 2016 prom king and queen Joe Kontul and Samantha Grumney.
The parade Best of Show float award went to the Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club, with Sunbury’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8736 claiming second place.
American Legion Post 457 won Best Theme float award, Berkshire Campground placed second in the theme category, and the Big Walnut/DACC FFA float placed third.
Wendy Carpenter, riding a Clydesdale draft horse, placed first in the mounted division, Cowboy Perseverance Ranch was second, and the Knox County Horse Council placed third.
The Best Horse Drawn Award went to the Boyd family with a covered wagon entry; the Best Horse & Rider Award went to High Performance Horses.
The top tractor awards went to Scott String with an Oliver 1850 Farmall, and Larry Myers with a 1950 John Deere.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093