Le Grand kicked off Memorial Day weekend this past Saturday, May 24, with their annual Community Day celebration.
A parade started things off, with colorful entries making their way down Jefferson Street, and ending at the park right across the street from the local high school. An art and flower show in memory of Sharleen Robson, a local business owner and artist, was held right after the parade at the water service building. A deep-pit barbeque feast followed for all to enjoy.
“I like to say it’s our small town’s big day,” said Alex De Busk, parade chairman.
De Busk was delighted to be out and about, celebrating the community her and her family have called home for decades. With excitement, she explained the commitment local teachers and community members have toward one another, and the parade.
This Community Day marks De Busk’s last year serving as chairman. She continues to focus on her own personal business, Creative ID Designs.
“United States of Ag” was the parade’s theme this year, honoring both Memorial Day and the agriculture the town thrives on.
De Busk led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance to start the festivities. Parade members came dressed in their red, white, and blue colors, and waved American flags in honor of the men and woman who serve and have served our country.
Dave and Karen Heinrichs were honored as grand marshals of the parade for their years of dedication and service to the community of Le Grand.
The art show that followed honored the late Sharleen Robson who passed away earlier this year by showcasing her beautiful watercolor paintings. Robson owned Buchanan Hollow Nut Company, a local retail nut shop in town, and was an active member in the community of Le Grand.
“Everyone was attached to her and her beautiful artwork,” a friend and member of the Le Grand Garden Club said of Robson.
Another Garden Club member added, “She was the Walt Whitman of our town.”
Robson’s watercolor paintings featured florals, landscapes, and animals. She was viewed as a treasure and inspiration in the community, paving the way for other entrepreneurs.