Orion Fall Festival to feature parade, car show

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
The horses are popular entries in the Orion Fall Festival parade.

"A Picture-Perfect community" is the theme of the Orion Fall Festival parade, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

"It's a great theme," said Byron Carlson, one of the festival organizers.

The festival also features an antique tractor and car display on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.


Mindy Carls, Editor of the Orion Gazette, will serve as the Grand Marshalll.

"When the committee was chosing our 2012 Grand Marshall we already knew the theme of the Parade was,"A Picture Perfect Community," said Deb Ford.

"When Mindy was suggested, everyone whole-heartedly agreed she was the perfect choice. She is constantly documenting Orion's activities through photos and words. We wanted to honor her valuable contributions to our history. Mindy works hard for all of Orion and we just wanted to say a public, 'thank you' to her." said Ford.

Line-up for this year's parade is at noon Saturday in the student parking lot at Orion High School, with Jim DeBaillie, Stu Etheridge and Deena Johnson in charge.

The parade is on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. starting at Orion High School. It will then travel west down 11th Avenue, turning left onto Fourth Street, and moving east on 12th Avenue.

Parade entries will line up at noon at the high school. For safety reasons, no candy may be thrown from moving vehicles. Walkers may distribute candy.

The parade has no entry fee, and award winners will receive cash prizes.

For more information or to enter, contact chairmen Jim DeBaillie, (309) 781-6336, or Stu Etheridge, (309) 781-5585.

Antique tractor and car show

Immediately after the parade, antique cars and tractors that were in the parade will be on display on Fourth Street between 11th and 12th avenues. Festival visitors will be able to take a closer look and talk to the owners.

Car show

The Orion Fall Festival car show will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, on Fourth Street, Orion.

Registration will be from 9 a. m. to noon, and the show will be from noon to 4 p.m.

Awards will be presented at 3 p. m. with 100 per cent payback of registration fees in prize money.

Antique cars, trucks, classic cars, hot rods and Corvettes are welcome.

The Quad City Cruisers will provide music.

For more information, contact Jim DeBaillie at (309) 781-6336 (cell) or 526-8445 (home).