The Hubbard Hop Fest is back with a splash, and that's this year's parade theme.
After a one-year hiatus, the Hop Fest is back to being Hubbard's main festival. The parade theme this year is not only a focus on the event's return, but also is a tribute to this year's grand marshal, Andy Pine.
Pine died last September in a car crash on Highway 99E in Aurora. According to organizers, Pine, 20, who grew up in Hubbard and graduated from North Marion High School, was active in the community, helping coach several sports and staying active with his church. Committee members thought it would be a fitting tribute to a young man who had given a lot to the community. The "back with a splash" theme is a tribute to Pine's success as a swim athlete for North Marion High School and his job as a lifeguard.
Pine's family will be riding in the parade in his stead.
Mike Kahrmann, president of Hubbard Hop Festival, Inc., said it might be the first time the grand marshal is someone who was chosen posthumously.
"We have a young group who felt he was very involved and wanted to honor him," Kahrmann said.
As a result, the "back with a splash" theme is open for interpretation, allowing for parade entrants to go by a swimming or beach theme, if they wish.
Ribbons and trophies will be handed out later in the day to entrants in various categories, including classic cars, emergency services apparatus and equestrian, to name a few.
Sign up the day of the parade at 8:30 a.m. at the staging area, which, just like every other year, will be at Third Street and Moonbeam Court.
The parade starts at 10 a.m.
The route will start on Third Street at A Street, continue down Third and turn at J Street, turning onto Fifth Street and ultimately ending at A Street.