Centralia 4th of July Parade
The City of Centralia held its annual 4th of July Parade last Thursday at 10 a.m. The weather was nice and the streets were crowded with many onlookers. Now in it 9th year, the size of the parade has grown each year. This year there were 45 entries.
The parade ended at Fairview Park. A dedication service was held for the Korean War Monument as it was unveiled.
Centralia Mayor Herb Williams emceed the awards presentation. Awards were presented by Miss Marion County Fair Queen Baylie Devall, Jr. Miss Marion County Fair Queen Alexandria Dodson and Deb and Joel Young. Special recognition plaques were presented to Grand Marshal Gerald Chappell and Patriotic Essay Contest Winner Zoe Dodd.
Entry judging was done in the categories of civic, family and patriotic. The winners were as follows.
Civic: First place, Centralia Elks Lodge #493; second place, Centralia Boy Scouts Troop 260 and Cub Scouts Pack 446, float “Red, White and Blue.”
Family: First place, WW2 POW SGT. Wilbert Rolves; second place, Rodgers and McCoy family float “Patriotism.”
Patriotic: First place, Prairie State Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution “God, Home and Country;” second place, New Testament Baptist Church “Liberty” float