Linton Chamber announces 2024 Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal Rick Graves

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Last year, the Chamber surprised their choice for 2023 Parade Grand Marshal, John Wilkes, who had no idea he had been chosen to lead the parade until his name was announced at a Chamber meeting at the Linton Elks Lodge.

Wilkes served as Lintonís mayor for twelve years and brought great improvements to the city, including a blighted houses program, major work on Lintonís streets and introducing the city and its potential to international investors considering building manufacturing facilities in the city.

Wilkes joined other past parade marshals, such as Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D., Tom McClanahan, Jesse Walker, 2016 IHSAA Class A football champion Linton Miners, Carl Cook and family, Billy Wells, Mike Puckett, the 2013 Linton-Stockton High School basketball team, Colonel Alan M. Pratt, Jim Callane, Ted Bishop, Senator Lindel Hume, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, former State Representative Jerry Denbo, former Governors Robert Orr and Joseph Kernan, Captain Joe Erler NSWC Crane, former Indiana Representative John Gregg and others.

The 2024 Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal is Rick Graves. Graves joins the distinguished group of past Parade Grand Marshals.

Graves is a lifelong resident of Greene County. After graduating from high school, he went to work for the family plumbing business, becoming a part owner in 1976.

Graves has served Greene County in a variety of capacities over the years.

He is a past Switz City School Board member, coached junior high basketball for 22 years and served 28 years as the Grant Township Trustee.

Currently, Graves serves as a Greene County Commissioner. He is a member of the Greene County General Hospital Board of Directors and is a member of the Greene County Economic Development Board of Directors.

Graves is a past recipient of the Stephen P. Campbell Positive Alumni Successes award from the White River Valley School Corporation.

Graves and his wife, Melonie, reside in Switz City and have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

The 2024 Linton Freedom Festival Parade will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in downtown Linton.

The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the promotion and stimulation of the economy of the Linton community and Greene County, to enhance the quality of life through business, industry and recreation. For more information, visit

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  • Well deserved

    -- Posted by kdshari on Thu, Jun 27, 2024, at 9:06 PM
  • Congratulations to Rick. Heís a good hard working man. Hope he has a good day in the parade.

    -- Posted by jccci on Sat, Jun 29, 2024, at 6:37 AM
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