Falloween Parade 2021 Includes 3 Grand Marshalls
By Gail Crone We have 3 Grand Marshals for the Falloween Parade this 2021 year. They are Mr. Branson Hiatt, Mr. Gerry Brown, and Lauren Moss. The parade will begin at Urey Middle School towards Van Buren St. and then will wind down Georgia St. eventually ending near the North American Midway Carnival at John Glenn High School.
Here is a brief biography for each of the three Grand Marshal's: Branson Hiatt - War Hero Branson Hiatt moved to Walkerton shortly after returning from service in World War II and has lived here for the past 75 years. In that time, he has played a significant role in the development of Walkerton. He has sold insurance, built and sold houses, and built and managed several apartment buildings. Branson was a member of the Industrial Fund Group which brought or kept hundreds of jobs in town by acquiring land and attracting businesses for the Walkerton Industrial Parks.
Branson has been active in the American Legion, the Lion’s Club, the Walkerton Chamber of Commerce and the Masonic Lodge and worked with these organizations to provide services and benefits to the town. Branson donated land to the Walkerton Parks Department, and recently endowed a scholarship fund for John Glenn HS graduates. Branson credits much of his success to his 72½ year partnership with his late wife, Mary Lou, with whom he raised three children. Please join with us in congratulating Branson on his career of service and contributions to the town of Walkerton. Lauren Moss, WNDU News Anchor Please welcome Ms. Lauren Moss as one of this year's 2021 Falloween Grand Marshalls. She has been co-anchoring the evening news at "16 News Now" for nearly three years. In that time, she's shared countless stories and has connected with viewers across Michiana. This Chicago native graduated from the University of Iowa with a double major in journalism and sports studies.
After spending 5 years anchoring and reporting in Iowa, Lauren joined Terry McFadden at the desk for the evening news at WNDU. Lauren has a passion for storytelling. At WNDU, she has focused on segments for "Lauren's Medical Moment" and "Healthy Families and Futures"; physical and mental health stories that affect families across Michiana and beyond. Michiana has truly become "home" and in her spare time, she loves taking her dog, Luna, to relax and enjoy the beaches in Southwest Michigan. Mr. Gerry Brown, Educator / Coach Mr. Brown worked for the John Glenn School Corporation for 45 years, and was the Middle School Athletic Director for 38 years. Mr. Brown was a member of the IIAAA and the NIAAA Athletic Director Associations for 30 years. In 2006 he received the IIAAA District 2 Middle School Athletic Director of the Year award.
Mr. Brown served on the Board of Directors of the IIAAA as the middle school representative for District 2 for two years. While serving as a Board of Director, Mr. Brown served on the committee that revamped the guidelines for middle school athletics for the state of Indiana and helped with the planning and operations for the National Athletic Director's convention when it was hosted in Indianapolis. Thank you Mr. Gerry Brown for your many years of service to the John Glenn School Corporation and thank you for all you have done for our communities throughout the years! Falloween Fest is not only a fun and quality carnival for people of all ages, but it is a food festival. The food includes Community meals, such as a pork chop dinner, an all you can eat Tyner fish fry, a delicious Sunday pancake breakfast by Saint Patrick church, and a delicious chicken noodles dinner on Sunday. Community churches are involved as they sell their delicacies— homemade apple dumplings by the Presbyterians. Homemade soups by the United Methodists. Fresh Amish cinnamon rolls by the Brethren Church.
School organizations and the athletic teams are highly involved with the sale of burgers and brats right off the grill. Ribeye steak sandwiches on Friday evening. The band boosters will provide a pie pantry and port-a-pit chicken on Friday. The Masonic Lodge will prepare and a sale of fresh potato donuts on Saturday. Nancy Dolph will prepare her specialties, such as biscuits/gravy and ham/beans in the school café from 8 AM until 3 PM on Saturday. In addition to all of this, there will be food vendors on the midway. The carnival will sell its usual cotton candy, candy apples, and elephant ears, and more. Other vendors will include Falloween favorites: Taco garden, Kona ice, Libby’s Kettle Korn, Ben’s pretzels, Richie’s Wraps & Philly Steak, Miller’s Ice Cream, and fresh-cut potato French Fries. There is no need to eat any weekend meal at home as there Is a huge variety of specialties to eat at Falloween’s food fest. The musical entertainment will include the marching bands in the grand parade. The United Pentecostal church will perform its Popular stick black light/puppet shows with joyous music. On Saturday, There will be a magic show, an upbeat performance by Sentimental Journey, and the first performance for the year by the John Glenn and Urey show choirs.
Carmen Mills will Be the first performer of the weekend on the entertainment stage. Live bands will perform on the outdoor entertainment stage throughout the fest. They include: A Acoustically speaking, the Steve Forseman band, and the ever popular Whistle pigs. Check the schedule online or in the printed Falloween trifolds so that you do not miss any of the musical highlights. Falloween is 12 years old and it began on a much smaller scale. The former high school principal, Mr. Morton, asked staff, students, parents, and patrons to join him in this endeavor to raise money for scholarships for John Glenn seniors. Each year, Falloween provides family fun on the very first days of fall.