GREENUP — Cadences echoed through Greenup late Saturday morning as the 2012 Fall Festival parade rolled along Cumberland Street.
Twelve high school and junior high school bands marched in full uniform; however, showing off their latest tunes wasn’t the lone motivation to enter this particular parade. With a trust left by a late Greenup native, the festival coordinators have been able to donate $300 to each band and Shriner entry in the annual parade, event organizer Brenda Pruemer said.
Keith Walden, who was named the 2000 Greenup Citizen of the year, took the lead role of recruiting bands and shriners for the parade more than 10 years ago, Pruemer said, and when he died in October 2008 he left a trust for the local festival to share with the school district where he was employed in Clinton, Ind.
“He didn’t have any children, but he loved parades and bands,” Pruemer said.
This year, 74 entries marched, rode and drove in the parade. Hundreds of spectators lined the streets in hooded jackets and sweatshirts to snag some candy or cheer on their favorite entries. Pageant queens, boy scouts, girl scouts and antique McCormick Farmall tractors made up the ensemble that winded through town.
“Of course with this being an election year, we had a lot of politicians, but we had several bands and six Shriner organizations,” Pruemer said.
The $300 the bands receive for participating goes directly back to the music program, Pruemer said. One band director told Pruemer this year’s donation will go directly into a fund to help pay for new band uniforms.
“Several bands and shriners said they came back because they promised Mr. Walden they would come each year to honor him,” Pruemer said.
One of the band directors even asked for directions to the cemetery to lay flowers on Walden’s gravestone.
“He wanted to pay respects to the man that gave so much support for the bands,” Pruemer said
Candis Carlen, a Greenup native, brought her girls, Gabbi, 4, and Bella, 1, to see the parade despite the chilly temperatures.
“They loved the bands, but the sirens were too loud,” Carlen said about her girls’ experience.
Carlen helped organize the parade in past years.
“We wanted to come out to see what was happening here this year,” she added about their plans for the rest of the day.
Food and craft vendors dotted the municipal building lawn, and several children lined up to take their turns on a mechanical bull.
“The rain Friday night washed us out, but we ended up having a good crowd out there Saturday,” Pruemer said.
“They ended up staying longer than they have in years past, too.”
Walden served on the Cumberland County Fair Board, was a past president of the Greenup Kiwanis Club, and bluegrass festival chairman, among other things.
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