Linton-Stockton Chamber announces 2017 Parade Grand Marshal
The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Linton Freedom Festival Task Force recently announced the 2017 Linton Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal is the 2016 Linton Miner Class A State Football Champion team and its coaches.
“This year’s parade theme, ‘Winning Spirit,’ was selected in December, and when considering the Parade Marshal, we could think of no better representation of that theme than Miner football,” said Chamber Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton.
“It’s a great honor to be selected as Parade Marshal,” said Miner Head Coach Brian Oliver. “It’s great for our community, and the guys are pretty excited about it.”
The team and coaches will ride atop Linton Fire Department fire trucks, leading the 112th Linton Freedom Festival Parade July 4.
They will join an elite list of past Grand Marshals, that includes Carl Cook, Billy Wells, Mike Puckett, the 2013 Linton-Stockton High School basketball team, Colonel Alan M. Pratt, Jim Callane, Ted Bishop, Senator Lindel Hume, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, former State Representative Jerry Denbo, former Governors Robert Orr and Joseph Kernan, Captain Joe Erler of NSWC Crane, former Indiana Representative John Gregg, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Sue Ellen Reed, VU President Emeritus Dr. Phillip Summers, former Secretary of State Joe Hogsett, Linton businessman Joe Angell and USA Olympic bobsled team member Bruce Roselli.
In December 2016, Linton Mayor John Wilkes proclaimed 2016 as “Miner Pride Year” in Linton, noting the team’s excellent role modeling, team work and respect for Coach Oliver, leading the team to an undefeated season, culminating in the team’s first-ever Class A State Championship title.
“It will be an excellent occasion for this group of young men to spend together, one more time to celebrate their victory with their community, one last recognition before they have to separate and go off to college,” said Oliver.
The 2017 Linton Freedom Festival Parade will be held Tuesday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in downtown Linton.