Parade awards handed out
July 17, 2019


Prior to the start of Monday's township meeting, a special presentation took place with the awards issued for the top three parade floats and the gate receipts from Party on the Plaza issued to the athletes who collected it.

The first check to be issued was for $1,593.03. That represented the total gate receipt for the party at the Austintown Plaza for the Fourth of July week.

"Each year we try to give back to an organization in our community," said Trustee and Fourth of July Committee member Jim Davis. "This year the Austintown Boys Soccer Team helped collect at the gate and are the recipients of the funds."

The check was accepted by Dave Glavic and Amy Herman on behalf of the team.

Following that check presentation, Parade Chairman Bruce Shepas took the podium and issued the checks and award plaques for the top three parade floats. He gave a short update on the 2019 parade.

"We moved the parade to noon and saw a 25 percent increase in the number attending the event," Shepas said. "The parade this year consisted of over 100 vehicles and took one hour and 35 minutes to cover the parade route."

The award for the best Non-Commercial Float this year went to the Motor Mafia car club. Accepting the plaque and $100 check for the club was Lynn and Ron Toman.

The Best Commercial Float award went to West Side Tire.

"The theme this year was 'Austintown, how sweet it is' and the West Side Tire float also earned the Best Overall Float," Shepas said.

The dual win saw West Side Tire representatives Joanna Parker, Lisa Walters, and Kyle Strack accepting a check for $350 for the two awards. After a brief discussion, the trio decide to donate the $350 to the Highway Tabernacle's Fifth Quarter program that gives young people a safe place to go after the home football games.

Another unexpected donation was made to the Fourth of July celebration for 2020. Jim Molnar from Molnar Concessions served as parade grand marshal this year. He also had his concession trailers at the Party on the Plaza event and he ended up donating his profits in the amount of $3,635.

Also addressing the crowd was Jimmy Johnson, who has helped out with the parade since the first one in 1976. He made a scale log cabin for a float and was unable to handle it in this year's parade. He told those present that he was awaiting a liver operation and couldn't make it. He thanked Tod Shaffer from Township Park for helping make sure the cabin was there.

One other note for 2020 was made by Davis.

"I usually don't schedule repeat performances," he said. "but I am making the announcement that Chris Higbee will be back in 2020."

Davis said the Party at Austintown Plaza where Higbee performed saw a crowd of 8,000.


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