Literally thousands came out to enjoy the 2015 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade Saturday, Oct. 10 in Russellville. The weather was perfect, with the sun peeking out from around the clouds just in time to warm the day for the festivities.
The day began with the Russellville Rotary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, followed up by the historic bank robbery, which drew hundreds lining the streets to get a glimpse of reenactors riding up to the bank on horseback in full regalia. Afterwards, people lined the streets from south Main to Bethel to watch the festival parade.
In the parade this year were both the Logan County and Russellville Marching bands, floats by a few businesses including Logan County Gymnastics and State Farm, beauty contestant winners on wagons, several cars and trucks, the Shriner clowns, Logan County Humane Society’s new transport truck, sports teams of all ages, cheerleaders, tumblers, tractors, fire trucks, police cruisers, dignitaries and horses.
There were numerous activities after the parade that kept people busy throughout the day and night. From bounces and horseback rides to crafts, food vendors, music and karaoke, there was a plethora of things to do.
The Logan County Chamber of Commerce heads up the festival, however, the business and industry supporter couldn’t put on the county’s biggest yearly event without the help of many volunteers who work throughout the year in preparation. Members of the festival committee, as well as this year’s parade chairs, Paige Dockins and Krystal Gunderson work diligently to bring the community the best even possible. Also Richard Estes is one of the festivals long serving volunteers who is responsible for lining up and organizing all entries. This is Logan County Chamber Assistant Amanda Baker’s second festival, and she is a valuable asset to the event.
“We are very happy at how all the festivities played out,” said Ryan Craig, Executive Director for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. “It was wonderful weather and for my first year at the Chamber, I was very pleased.”
Craig estimates between 24,000 and 25,000 in attendance Saturday. He added there were so many people some of the food vendors ran out of food earlier than previous years.
“So many people help put this event on each year, and without their support and the support of the community, the festival would not be the success it is,” Craig ended.
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