Among all the colorful parade entries, three sets of grand marshals – in Prairie City, Monument and Dayville – will be riding and waving to onlookers during the Fourth of July festivities.
Here’s a brief glance at the honored dignitaries:
Jim and Lynette Sullens were born and raised in Prairie City. Both worked for the Forest Service, and Jim is also retired from the Prairie City Fire Department, on which he served as chief. The couple have three children and several grandchildren, and are active in Prairie City community events.
Marina Martin has lived in Dayville since 1977. She has held many roles at Dayville School – art teacher, bus driver for 25 years, baseball coach and sports team medic. She was an EMT for 16 years, and has served on several clubs. She has three children and four grandchildren.
Bob Cox comes from pioneer stock. His grandparents homesteaded in the Monument area soon after 1900, in the Top area. Cox has spent his life farming the family homestead and has also been involved with 4-H and other community activities.