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Judy Elliott Named Grand Marshal Of Limestone Heritage Parade
Updated June 15, 2016 6:46 AM | Filed under: Event
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(BEDFORD) - This year's theme of the Limestone Heritage Parade is "Indiana - 200 Great Years." The Grand Marshal is Judy Elliott and honorary Grand Marshal The Bedford Chamber of Commerce, who is celebrating 100 years of service.

Elliott has been defying stereotypes as long as she can remember and certainly since she and her late husband, Dave, founded Elliott Stone Company near Bedford in 1957. From buying slabs of limestone to acquiring quarries to inventing equipment that makes it possible to harvest stone underground year-round, Elliott has been a hands-on partner.

At age 84, Elliott still scampers in and out of her massive pickup truck with ease as she gives a tour of the unusual underground Elliott quarry. She can describe every piece of equipment, where it came from, what it cost, and every quarrying technique and product involving the company.

Elliott Stone Company now owns 1,000 acres of limestone-laced property in Lawrence and Monroe counties, specializing in the versatile Salem limestone that was used in the Washington National Cathedral, the Lincoln Memorial, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the Tribune Tower.

Born Judith Ellen Turner in Bloomington in 1932, Elliott graduated from Indiana University in 1954 with a teaching degree in business and physical education.

She was president of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Association of Women Students, a member of Mortar Board and several other student groups, and an all-around athlete who later in life would win the Bedford Ladies City Championship golf tournament.

When her husband died in 2009, official control of the business was turned over to the couple's four children, but Elliott remains a visible and active presence.

The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1986 to involve and unify the local business community with the goal to enhance and promote continuous improvement of the business climate in our region. It will be celebrating 100 years of service this year.

A highlight of this year's Limestone Heritage Festival will be the Lawrence County Bicentennial Float.

The float is being designed by Mitchell Art teacher Becky Mason and will make its first appearance at the Limestone Heritage Festival on July 4.

The float will be available for other county parades including the Mitchell Persimmon Festival parade on Sept. 24 and the Bedford Festival of Lights Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3.

A welcome ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. with Lisa Grissom, parade chairwoman welcoming those attending, a flag raising ceremony, a call to colors by Roger Gales, JoAnna Kai Cobb singing the National Anthem and Mayor Shawna Girgis presenting the grand marshal award and the honorary grand marshal award.

The following streets will be closed for the Parade Line Up Formation which begins on Monday, July 4th at 9 a.m.:

  • M Street between 12th and 15th streets.
  • N Street between 14th and 15th streets.
  • 13th Street between Lincoln Avenue and M Street.
  • 14th Street between Lincoln Avenue and M Street.
  • 15th Street between M and O streets.

Parade entries are being accepted through June 23. Entry forms and rules for floats can be picked up at the Bedford Chamber or the Lawrence County Tourism Office, downloaded from, or by request by emailing

2016 Limestone Heritage Festival Bedford Revitalization Inc. Event Schedule

Monday, June 27th

  • 7:30 p.m. The Home of the Brave! BNL PAC

Free TASC Bus service by calling 812-275-1633 to RSVP

Tuesday, June 28th

  • 7:30 p.m. The Home of the Brave! BNL PAC

Free TASC Bus service by calling 812-275-1633 to RSVP

Friday, July 1

  • 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Rotary Fish Fry & SILENT AUCTION Thornton Park Pavilion

Tickets: $10/person; ages 6-12 - $6; 5 & under free

BBQ at The Quarry

  • 11 a.m. - 11p.m. Food Vendors open J Street
  • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Limestone Carving Exhibit-Museum Lawrence Co. Museum
  • 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Beer Garden Harp Commons
  • 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Cody Ikerd Harp Commons
  • 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Larry Summerton Harp Commons

Saturday, July 2

  • 6 a.m. - 12 noon Pancake breakfast Downtown - Masonic Temple
  • 8 a.m. - 12 noon Bedford Farmer's Market Courthouse square

BBQ at the Quarry

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limestone Carving Exhibit Lawrence Co. Museum
  • 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Food Vendors open J Street
  • 10 a.m. reg; Noon start Cornhole Tournament Harp Commons
  • 12 noon - 11 p.m. Beer Garden Harp Commons
  • 12 noon BBQ Judging begins
  • 4 p.m. BBQ Sampling begins J Street
  • 6 p.m. BBQ Awards Harp Commons
  • 7 - 7:45 p.m. Dame's Rocket - Harp Commons
  • 8 - 11 p.m. Honky Tonk Heroes Harp Commons

Sunday, July 3

  • 2:30 - 4 p.m. Bedford's Got Talent Harp Commons

Monday, July 4

  • 7:30 a.m. Veterans breakfast Golden Corral Restaurant
  • 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Vendors open Around the square
  • 11:15 a.m. Flag raising & Grand Marshal Ceremony Corner of 16th & "I" Streets
  • 12 noon LHF Parade Starts Downtown
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. LHF Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social Harp Commons 5-6 pm Bedford Community Band Concert Harp Commons
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. TBA Harp Commons featuring "The Residue" Concert - Sounds of Summer (Beach Boys Tribute Band) Harp Commons
  • 10:10 p.m. LHF Fireworks Downtown square


  • Home of the Brave Roger Gales 812-276-8995 Community Band Concert
  • BBQ @ the Quarry David Pace 812-583-8513
  • LHF Parade Lisa Grissom 812-277-6312
  • Bedford's Got Talent Tara Jones 812-219-0770
  • Limestone Festival Bethany Morris 812-675-2392
  • Elizabeth Andry

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