Korschgen committee says 108th parade will go on

The Charlie Korschgen Kiddie Parade will look a little different this year, but red, white, and blue will adorn Avenue G again on Saturday, July 4th in Fort Madison

FORT MADISON – The committee for the 108th Annual Charlie Korschgen 4th of July Kiddie Parade announced at their parade meeting Sunday evening that they are still planning on having the parade to celebrate our nation’s independence that Mr. Korschgen started back in 1912.

The committee feels that even restrictions in place today the patriotic parade must go on. Maybe with social distancing and what other restrictions may be in place our Nation’s history celebration should continue.

They also voted that instead of one or two grand marshals as in the past, the committee will invite all 2020 area graduates to be honored as “grand marshals”. We may only have a few take part or a hundred or more “grand marshals” but with the school closings, prom cancellations, graduation exercises and celebrations they should have a chance to strut or ride as dignitaries  in this year’s oldest city tradition according to L. D. Andy Andrews the parade chairman. 

Since local school districts have in place restrictions, we may not have the marching band participate this year but hope that some type of patriotic music will appear as the parade goes down Avenue G from 18th to 6th Street.

The parade will start at 18th Street & Avenue G and proceed down Avenue G to 6th street, however some participants may join the parade at 10th street.

Judged categories for this years’ parade will be: decorated tri-cycle or stroller; decorated wagon or float; walking or marching group; junior decorated bicycle/scooter (age 8 and under); pets; humorous; family unit; patriotic; senior decorated bicycle/scooter (over age 8) and a motorized category for the larger units.

The committee has also purchased commemorative ribbons far each parade participant and trophies as well as prize money will be given to the winners of each category. The prize money for this parade is $15.00 for 1st Place, $12.00 for 2nd place and $10.00 for third place. Several $5.00 honorable mention prizes will also be awarded. Trophies will also be awarded to the 1st three places in each category.     

Those having any questions on the parade or if interested in volunteering to assist the committee to keep the parade safe and on time, contact L. D. “Andy” Andrews at 319-371-5379 or email at NLCHS@iowatelecom.net or follow information on our Charlie Korschgen 4th of July face book page.

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