Bicentennial committee, bison serving as Oktoberfest parade grand marshals


A group of people that has worked to help the community celebrate Indiana, Brownstown and Jackson County’s 200th birthday this year will be honored Saturday at the Seymour Oktoberfest.

The Bicentennial Planning Committee of Jackson County along with five of the six fiberglass bison art projects and most of the torchbearers will serve as the grand marshals of the annual Oktoberfest parade.

LaWanda Tidd, chairwoman of the parade, said the committee deserves the special recognition for all of its efforts to make the county stand out this year.

“We were excited about all of the work they have done to celebrate our state’s bicentennial and our county’s bicentennial,” she said. “It’s 200 years in the making and only comes once in a lifetime.”

Those serving on the committee are Cliff Sommers, Raymond Bachmann, Carl Shake, Chris Sommers, Arann Banks, Dan Davis, Debbie Green, Sean Hildreth and Sally Lawson.

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