YDD Saturday 11AM Parade

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Downtown on Bridge Street

The parade will be held on Saturday, June 22 and will start at 11:00 AM at the Sawdon Administration Building.  The parade route will proceed to S. Bridge St. across the bridge to N. Bridge Street and end at the Fire Station.

There are many locations throughout the parade route to get a great view of the parade entries.


Parade participation is FREE to all organizations and groups EXCEPT those participants running for or currently holding an Elected Office position, which have a minimum fee payable at the time of registration.

Organizations/groups must register in advance, and registration forms will be reviewed and approved. The Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to deny any registration form. All applicants, sponsors, and participants are subject to approval by the GLACC Board of Directors.

The Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce coordinates this parade on behalf of the Grand Ledge community and area businesses. We are committed to providing a safe and exciting event, and require parade participants to comply with our policies.

2019 Grand Marshals

John and Ethelen Herbstreit have been citizens of the Grand Ledge community since 1968. John grew up on a farm on Grand River Avenue, attended Keebler School, and graduated from Grand Ledge High School and MSU. Ethelen grew up on a farm in Radnor, Ohio. She attended Radnor and Norton Elementary Schools and graduated from Radnor High School and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

After army duty in Germany during the Korean War and while serving later with the Michigan State Police in Huron County Michigan, John met Ethelen while she was teaching at Cross Lutheran School in Pigeon, Michigan. After the couple married and a change of careers, they returned to Bad Axe where he taught Chemistry in high school and Ethelen taught at Port Austin Elementary School and later in Bad Axe. After another year of studies, they returned to Grand Ledge where they both taught. Ethelen in elementary and substituting in 1st -9th grade. While John taught math and science at the 9th grade level where he retired in 1987. Added pleasures were rearing a daughter Deborah and sons Mike and Mark who also graduated from Grand Ledge High School.

Life in this community has been most inspiring, with healthful living. Volunteer activities have given great variety as members of Good Shepard Lutheran there were opportunities with positions as officers, committee members, custodial care, teaching classes, directing choirs, organist, participating members of music groups, leading worship, playing piano, and entertaining residents in special programs at nursing and foster care settings.

The American Legion Post, the auxiliary, and VFW provided opportunities to serve and share with veterans, especially as John assisted with military funerals. Through the years, John was presenting the Grand Ledge Historical Museum along with parade route with helpers, while Ethelen prepared docents and opened the museum to the public for 25 years. The assistance given Ledge Playhouse restoration for 20 years was an assist to the society also. Also, through the years they were on the Board of Directors both serving as the President and Secretary.

In the mid-70s the Herbstreits, with the direction of Michigan Education Employees Mutual Insurance Company, established an agency that is now located in Charlotte.

In their spare time, they have cared for others, assisted the Friends of the Opera House with concerts. They travel, play cribbage, and read. John plays golf and gardens, and Ethelen volunteers at Ledge Craft Lane and has an appreciation of the arts.

"Life has been very special in Grand Ledge and is celebrated with joy and praise to God. Life on the edge of the ledge with a grand river of people have given so much to us caring and sharing with us. Thanks to all."

Awards and Recognitions:

John: Scholarship, NSFD Grant, Golf Tournament Winner Cribbage City Winner in Lansing, Eaton County Historical Commission.

Ethelen: Lois Lawrence Award by the American Legion, Athena Award by the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce, Eaton County Historical Commission Award, Organist for 50 years at Good Shepard, and 25-year volunteer for Ledge Craft Lane.


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