It was a “big deal” in Russells Point on Sept. 21 with the kick-off of the 9th annual Indian Lake Homecoming Parade and pep rally. The parade began at Paradise Island just west of Russells Point and proceeded to the McDonalds parking lot.
The streets were lined with spectators from Indian Head Roadhouse to the McDonalds. Candy and prizes were handed out and thrown from the parade floats to all the kids watching along the route.
This year’s parade theme was ”Tune Up the Pioneers.” Each float was decorated in the style of a favorite music genre. Local businesses were also encouraged to participate by decorating their business windows and exteriors, with the Indian Lake High School Council presenting an award for the business with the best spirit.
After the parade, the Indian Lake McDonalds hosted a pep rally in the overflow parking lot next to the restaurant. Cheerleaders introduced the coaches, football players and the Homecoming Court. There was a giant piñata and other activities to get everyone excited about the football game against Johnathan Alder on Friday night at Indian Lake High School Stadium.
Tatum Reprogle, a senior at Indian Lake High School, was voted the Homecoming Queen. ” I’m very excited for the opportunity to represent my school,” said Reprogle. Her Prince and Princess were twins Bentley and Piper James. Her attendants were: Freshman Ella Wagner, Senior Kelsi Poppe, Junior Amber Seeley and Sophomore Kassidy Crockett.
Spectators from the surrounding Indian Lake region and from all over attended the parade. “This parade is just a great thing for the community and for all the kids,” said Lynn Holder, who owns a home along the parade route. “They throw candy from the floats all the way up to the balcony of my two story home. My great grandkids, Jo, Wes, Jay, Cora and Violet just love it,” adds Holder.
“I just love to watch the parade and to see everyone showing such great pride in their community,” said retired school teacher Sue Clover of Lima, Ohio, who is a member of the Indian Lake Yacht Club, with her husband Bob, also a retired school teacher.
Barb Dillion, of Dublin, Ohio and her 98-year-old mom Roz Anderson of Sidney commented, “It’s just a great hometown parade, one of the best.”
Kids and spectators all along the parade route marveled at the creative floats and indulged in gathering up all the candy thrown from every float that passed by.
“This parade is a wonderful community event,” said April King, of Indian Lake.” Every year there are more floats and more spectators. It grows bigger ever year,” added King.
King attended the event with her sister Aspen, her young nephew Camden, nieces Allyson and Madeline. “All three kids had an exciting time watching the many floats go by and collected enough candy thrown from the floats to fill a large paper grocery bag,” said King.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.