Harlem Township Days Parade

August 20 - 21, 2011

Harlem Township Days 2011 Parade

Community is special, and that was very apparent during the Harlem Township Days celebration over the weekend of August 20 and 21. The celebration started with a parade honoring the five community members who are over age ninety and have lived in the township at least seventy years. Grand Marshal, Mildred (Schicks) Irwin, accompanied by her daughter Joyce, led the parade around the walking track of the community park in Center Village. Mildred is 95 and was born on the Schicks farm on Miller-Paul Road. She married Melvin Irwin in 1935 and is a lifelong Harlem Township resident.

Mildred was followed by Seth Borden, age 93, the son of Fred Borden and Nellie Budd Borden. Seth has lived in the township all his life and was accompanied by his son Lynn. Next in line was Donna Feazel, also 93, who was raised just across the township and county line on Bevelheimer Road. Donna moved into Harlem Township in 1936 when she married Earl Feazel. Donna was accompanied in the parade by her son, Kenny. Shelby Garee, the son of Albert Garee and Ethel McElwee Garee, age 92, accompanied by his daughter Linda came next. Shelby is a lifelong township resident.The youngster of the group followed, Marjorie (McElwee) Cook, age 91. Marjorie is the daughter of Ray and Verna McElwee of Center Village and married John Cook in 1938. She was accompanied by her daughter, Lynda.

The five honorees were followed by antique tractors led by John Yeagle on his shiny 1932 Cockshutt. The more than half dozen tractors were followed by a flower wagon float created by members of the Harlem Township Garden Club pulled by Tom Nied, co-chair of the weekend celebration, in an ATV with Garden Club member, Norma Jean Hill riding with him. Bicycles, including Dave Snyder who rode the 62 mile route in the Duncan’s Run ride earlier in the summer followed. Boy Scouts from Troop 347 walked behind the bikes. Four ladies of the Rosecrans Unit in all their finery were transported over the route in a Gator pulled wagon. They were followed by General Rosecrans (Tom Paul) with several members of his staff. The first entertainer of the day, Matt Jergens, comic juggler from Westerville, walked behind the Rosecrans Unit on stilts. The final vehicle in the parade was a Massey Ferguson 165. And by the time it passed the main tent, the convertibles with the five honorees had made it around the track and were following the tractor making many stops for pictures and to talk to people.

It was a wonderful parade and a wonderful tribute to community.

Harlem Township Days Parade Photos

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