Pioneer Days

Kids enjoy carnival rides during Pioneer Days. (Bethany Carson photo.)

A highlight of the year in Clarksville is Pioneer Days.  And a highlight of Pioneer Days is always the grand parade.

     This year’s parade had a rock ‘n’ roll theme, and onlookers saw at least two people dressed as Elvis Presley (perhaps one was an imposter). Electric guitars, vinyl records and poodle skirts were all the rage. Grand Marshalls were the Class of 1968. The Clarksville Police and AMVETS color guard led the parade.

     Other parade floats represented local businesses, including Clarksville Lumber, celebrating 50 year. There were tractors and horses. The Clarksville Schools Marching Band, Cub Scouts, East Butler Ramblers and Girl Scouts were on the scene, and several other graduating classes had floats.

     The Butler County Sheriff was present, as well as several local fire departments and ambulance services. Miss Clarksville Danielle Ison, Clarksville queen candidates, Miss Shell Rock Courtney Reya and the Butler County Dairy Princesses Melanie Johnson and Megan Johnson all provided plenty of candy to children watching the parade. State Senator Amanda Ragan and her challenger, Shannon Latham, both visited town.


Read more in the June 14 edition of the STAR.