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Deadline to participate in Heartland Festival Parade is July 29

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By Amber Coulter

Elizabethtown officials are reminding residents the deadline is approaching to participate in the Heartland Festival Parade.

Entries can include antique cars and tractors, car clubs limited to 12 vehicles, marching units, walkers, performing groups, floats, bands, horses and elected officials.

The deadline is 5 p.m. July 29.

Applications are available at heartlandfestivalinthepark.com. The application lists a fax number and mailing address at which it can be submitted. Residents also can return them to Elizabethtown City Hall on West Dixie Avenue.

So far, there are about 40 entries. That’s about half as many entries for the parade as there were by the deadline last year.

Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn hopes spreading the word and reminding area residents and organizations about the opportunity will increase the number of entries.

“Obviously the more entries and participation from the community, the better the parade, the more entertaining the parade,” she said. “We definitely encourage more floats. It allows for creativity. It’s also a good way to highlight your organization or your business.”

The event is part of one of the county’s largest festivals and is the largest parade in the area, Vaughn said.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved,” she said.

Vaughn began participating in the parade as an East Hardin Middle School cheerleader and has joined in many times since then.

It’s fun and allows participants to promote their organizations and businesses, she said.

She hopes this year’s parade will inspire residents to be proud of their community and draw tourism to the area.

There is no entry fee for organizations and nonprofit groups, but businesses might be charged for entry.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at the public square in downtown Elizabethtown, traveling north along West Dixie Avenue to the Helmwood shopping center.

This year’s parade theme is “My Hometown: The Town that Built Me.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.