Grand Marshall’s for this year’s Black Patch Heritage Festival Parade have been announced.

Members of the Princeton Optimist Club announced Wednesday morning that Gale Cherry and Reverend Cliff Jones will be this year’s Co-Grand Marshall’s for the annual parade.

Princeton Optimist Club member George Kilgore was in studio Wednesday morning and stated that the Optimists have chosen Gale Cherry and Reverend Cliff Jones because of their many contributions to the history of the Night Riders and Black Patch as well as to the community.

For many years Gale Cherry has been very active in keeping the history and heritage of the Night Riders and Black Patch alive, she even directed tours of the Dr. Amos House and various other historical Night Rider locations in Cobb. Outside of her work in keeping Night Rider history alive, Cherry has been involved in many civic organizations and political offices, most notably the Rotary Club and Mayor of Princeton. For the past 26 years Reverend Cliff Jones has been the pastor of the First Christian Church and has also been involved in many civic and community organizations, giving a helping hand wherever he was needed.

Gale Cherry and Reverend Cliff Jones will ride at the front of the parade on Friday, September 7th, in downtown Princeton.

George then told listeners that booth registration for the Black Patch Heritage Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 8th in downtown Princeton, is still open and applications can be found at WPKY the Tiger, City Hall, or by contacting him at 270-625-3427. Booth space is $25 for first time vendors, $35 for returning vendors, and $100 for food vendors. George also stated that any Farmers Market vendors interested in booth space will receive a discounted price as Optimist members are looking to add a Farmers Market section to the festival. He also stated that the yard sale and Caldwell County Alley will return this year, as well as Art on Main. For all those artists interested in booth space for Art on Main, contact Melissa Peek at 270-625-2574.

George also stated that the Justin Reynolds Band would be returning as well as the square dance and country music, cake walks, games and rides, and the CrossFit demonstration. New this year, the Fredonia Valley Riding Club will be hosting a horse show, more information and a schedule of events will be released closer to the date. George also mentioned that they are working on scheduling a walk and run this year and that they are also looking for people who are interested in coordinating a pet show and beauty pageants. Anyone interested can contact George at 270-625-3427 or any other Optimist Club member.

George also reminded area businesses that there will be a Black Patch Heritage Festival Booklet again this year and that ad space is available, $30 for a fourth page ad, $60 for a half page ad, and $100 for a full page ad. The booklets are given away for free a few days prior to the festival and include information about the Grand Marshall’s, the Night Riders, and a schedule of events for the day of the festival. Anyone interested in getting an ad in the booklet may contact George at 270-625-3427.

The Black Patch Heritage Festival Parade will be held on Friday, September 7th with the Black Patch Heritage Festival held on Saturday, September 8th in downtown Princeton.

You can catch the full interview with George Kilgore below.

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