BEDFORD – During this year’s Heritage Festival Parade over 60 units took part, each showing off their patriotic theme.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Jack Voigtschild.
Jack Voigtschild has served the Lawrence County community in various capacities over the years. Jack is known for having a “servant’s heart”. Donating his time and services with a smile and a pleasant spirit.
Jack has been a Bedford resident most of his life. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1963 and Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1967. In 1967 Jack served in the United States Army. He served one year in Vietnam, as a medic and received a purple heart. Jack and his wife Sherry have been married 52 years, and have two sons, Brian and his wife Andrea, who have four children, along with Brent and his wife Kathy who have five children.
Bedford Mayor Sam Craig proclaimed June 26, 2021 a “Jack Voigtschild Day.” Mayor Craig stated it is was an honor to bestow on such a person as Jack who has served his community in many ways.
Indiana Senator Eric Koch, representing District 44, was also on hand to pay tribute to Jack.
The American Legion Post 33 Honor Guard stood in place of the flag-raising ceremony that was originally planned. The windy conditions Saturday prevented the long tradition of raising the enormous American Flag.
JoAnna Hackney, sang the “National Anthem” celebrating the heritage of a grateful nation with many freedoms and liberties that many throughout the world long for.
The parade brought many smiles and cheers as the units passed through from old vehicles of the past, fire engines, and tractors. Horses decorated in red white and blue finished the parade, a traditional crowd pleaser.
“This is just a great day for a parade,” said Mary Grimes who came to watch the parade with her grandchildren.
We have posted some of the sights and sounds of this year’s parade but not in its entirety.
This years parade winners include the following:
Commercial Entry Awards:
Award of Excellence – Sunflower Market
- Most Patriotic – Bender Lumber
Non – Commercial Entry Awards:
Award of Excellence – Lawrence County Aquatics
- Most Patriotic – Day for Lawrence County Sheriff
Church: Award of Excellence – The Underground
Antique Car: Award of Excellence – Tony and Glinda Terrell
Antique Truck: Award of Excellence – Warren McCreery
Tractor: Award of Excellence – Jacob Osborn
Equestrian: Award of Excellence – Ketcham Up Stables
Music or Band: Award of Excellence – Bedford North Lawrence High School Marching Band
Fire Truck: Award of Excellence –Huron Volunteer Fire Department
A complete list of the parade entries for this year’s parade includes:
1 City of Bedford Police Department
2 American Legion Post #33
3 Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard
4 Grand Marshal Float – Jack Voigtschild
5 Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans
6 Bedford North Lawrence Marching Stars
7 North Lawrence Community Schools
8 Mayor Samuel J. Craig
9 State Senator Eric Koch
10 Jacob Osborn
11 Hoosier Uplands Head Start/Early Head Start
12 Small Town Bling. ( Paparazzi Jewelry)
13 Lawrence County Sheriff & Department DARE Program
14 McDonald’s of Indiana
15 City of Bedford-Fire Department
16 Tony & Glinda Terrell
17 Tropical Waters pools and supplies
18 IU Health Bedford Emergency Medical Services
19 M & E Honda
20 Lawrence County Indiana Bikers: Toys for Tots
21 2020 Lawrence County Fair Queen and Court
22 Day for Lawrence County Sheriff
23 LA-OR-MA Shrine Club Hillbillies
24 LA-OR-MA Shrine Club
25 Local UAW 440
26 Farmhouse Charm & Boutique
27 Bender Lumber
28 Sunburst Beauty Pageant
29 National American Miss Lawrence County Jr. Pre-Teen Serenity Roach
30 Lawrence County Aquatics
31 The Underground
32 BEDFORD LIONS CLUB
33 Cub Scout Pack 343 Springville
34 Lawrence County Independent schools
35 Lawrence County Prosecutor
36 Artie Grimaldo
37 1954 Studebaker Champion
38 Life Tabernacle VBS
39 Hope Resource Center
40 Indian Creek Fire Department
41 Dale crane
42 1999 ford f-250 truck
43 Buy and Sell in The Sticks
44 Lawrence County Democrats
45 Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department
46 Gold Financial Services
47 Huron Volunteer Fire Department
48 Lee’s 56
49 Warren McCreery
50 Chad and Christina Romine
51 Sadie Miskuf, REALTOR®
52 Forbidden Hollows Haunted Farm
53 Benny the Truck
54 Jared’s Memorial Ride
55 Mobile Nobles Sports Car Club
56 The Sunflower Market
57 A.J. Bowlen REALTOR RE/MAX Acclaimed Properties
58 Gregg Taylor Chief Deputy Lawrence County Sheriffs Department
59 Kiara Terry Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman
60 American Ashphalt & Paving & the Rose Ladies
61 Dillman Family Farms
62 Dillman Family Farms
63 Josh Hill
64 Ketcham Up Stables
65 Lauren on Miss Lady Mae Street Sweeper