RACINE — Racine’s Party in the Park parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Line up will be at 10:30 a.m. at Southern High School, with the flag raising will be at 10:45 a.m. with Racine American Legion Post 602 members.
Roma Sayre will serve as the Grand Marshall for the parade. Sayre is a lifelong resident of Meigs County. She has been with Home National Bank for 30 years, and is currently the vice president of the bank.
Sayre is a graduate of Southern High School, Ohio University and the Graduate School of Banking Colorado. She attends Racine Baptist Church and is a Racine Area Community Association (RACO) volunteer. Sayre has been married for 36 years to Pete Sayre. They have two daughters, Kim (Jeremy) Hupp and Katie Sayre, and two granddaughters, Jaylynn and Kendall Hupp.
Prizes will be awarded in various categories, including the doggy parade, floats, antique vehicles, walking units, antique tractos, bicycles and horses.
A new category this year will be the “doggy parade.” The doggy parade is being sponsored by friends of the committee. Awards of $50, $30 and $20, will be awarded to the best dressed dog “Going to A Party in the Park.” The theme is “There’s A Party in the Bark.” Only costumed dogs will be judged.
Awards for floats are $100, $75, and $50, and will be sponsored by Bethany Sonshine Circle. Only floats will be judged.
Antique vehicles will be sponsored by Shain Custom Signs and awards will be $50, $40, and $20, for first, second and third place.
RACO will sponsor the walking units, and awards of $50, $30 and $20 will be presented.
Antique Tractor awards are being sponsored by Forest Run Ready Mix, and those awards will be $50, $30 and $20.
Bicycle awards will be sponsored by Dr. Melanie Weese and Dr. Doug and Tonja Hunter. Awards will be $50, $30 and $20 for first three places. Only decorated bicycles will be judged.
There will be awards in the horse division. Judges will be units and individuals. Trophies will be awarded to the first three places in each division. The individual horse unit will also receive $50, $30 and $20 for the best horses.
The parade will follow the same route as the July 4th parade. The parade will leave Southern High School, go down Elm Street, turn left on Third, left on Vine, left on Fifth and right on Elm back to the high school.
In addition to the parade, Saturday’s events will include the 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. at Star Mill Park, the kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m., and the petting zoo, car show, antique tractor show, craft /food vendors, rides and games beginning at noon.
After Midnight will perform at 4:30 p.m. followed by Heartbreak Ridge and Lee Brice.
Additional information on the parade can be provided by calling 949-2296.