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Huron County veterans, children invited to Norwalk's 4th of July parade

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jun 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM

All Huron County veterans and their children are invited to ride in the Norwalk Fourth of July Parade directly behind the U.S. Marine Corps colors.

Transportation will be provided in 6x6 military trucks owned by Marine and Army veteran Bob Colish. The loading of the trucks will take place in front of the Norwalk Theatre beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 15 minutes before the start of the parade. Restroom facilities will be available as well as plenty of parking. Entertainment will be provided during the route of the parade.

Once the trucks have reached their destination at the Huron County Fairgrounds, riders without return transportation may — upon request — be shuttled back to their starting point.

Due to safety concerns, no candy may be thrown from the trucks during the parade. 

The parade will begin in front of Main Street School on Main Street and will travel west on Main, south on Benedict Avenue, south on Norwood Avenue and will conclude at the fairgrounds.

Call Bob Colish at 419-706-9672 with any questions you may have.

Also, the fireworks will begin at dusk at the fairgrounds. 

“There is probably no other event throughout the year that brings as many people in the city together,” Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said.

Norwalk’s firework display has been spearheaded by Duncan for the past eight years, which includes gathering donations to fund the fireworks. He undertook this project before his first term in office.

“It is always encouraging to see the patriotism of residents. Many times, additional funds are still being sought out the day before the fireworks, but residents, business owners, clubs and organizations always come through,” Duncan said.

This year, the Girl Scouts have agreed to provide an in-kind donation of labor by cleaning up the fairgrounds and grandstands after the holiday.

“The goal is to raise $20,00 for the 2019 display, which would be equivalent to last year’s show. Letters (recently) were distributed to past supporters with the hopes that they will again contribute to this year’s celebration. The Huron County Chamber of Commerce is also spreading the word in order to reach the goal,” Duncan said. 

“We just hit the halfway mark — with only two weeks to go.” 

Anyone wishing to help support the effort can make checks payable to VFW for a tax-deductible receipt. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 872, Norwalk, OH 44857 or dropped off at Norwalk city hall.