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Grand Parade Line Up


Date: Saturday October 29, 2022
Time: 11:00am
Location: Downtown Independence

The two hour long Grand Parade will start at the corner of Penn and Chestnut. It proceeds from Memorial Hall south on Main St. east to Sixth St., south one block to Maple where it turns west to Ninth St. The final leg travels north on Ninth St. ending just short of the Independence Middle School. The Grand Parade is exceedingly well attended. Parade goers set up chairs on the front row in the wee hours of the morning on parade day. As the "great fly over" occurs at 11 a.m. the crowd will be five deep in many places along the route. There are free street acts, the carnival, and food concessions along Penn Ave. both before and after the Neewollah Grand Parade.
**Please Note** Political persons permitted to ride in the parade are those persons holding office whose district includes Montgomery County and its contiguous Kansas counties. There are no exceptions to this policy. Additionally under no uncertain terms will any political election/re-election campaign advertising be allowed on the dignitary or his/her staff member. The dignitary must be present the day of the parade; stand-ins will not be allowed.

For questions regarding the Grand Parade please email: neewollahgrandparade@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Grand Parade Line-Up will NOT be printed.

Grand Parade Marshall

Melissa Small

Melissa and her husband, Duane, own Winkleman's Garden Center and Wholesale Greenhouse, and she is an Independent Roday + Fields Skincare Consultant. They feed 3 growing boys constantly. Wyatt (17), Ethan (14), and Brodie (13). They keep her happy, honest, and crazy 24/7.

Melissa enjoys volunteering, golfing, spending time with friends, family, and her dogs. She also enjoys cheering on her Alma Mater Kansas State University, during football AND basketball seasons.

Her current civic duties include President of AWOL board, USD 446 School Board Member and is a 18-year member of Beta Rho Sorority.

She began her Neewollah experience as a Neelah Deb in 1989, followed by a Queen Neelah Candidate in 1991, unsuccessfully becoming Queen Neelah, she was pleased with winning Ms. Personality. She started the Neewollah Chili Cookoff and was the Chair for 5 years, then moved on to Chair the Sponsorship Committee for 3 years, was a Queen Director for 2 years, and has been a part of many, many committees and parades. She had a cameo in one musical and Co Emceed the Queen's Coronation in 2020.

Neewollah has been part of her life for over 30 years and hopes that continues for 30 more. She is still trying to figure out how she gave birth to 3 boys while serving on Neewollah board for 9 Years. But the hardest part was getting them in tuexes everynight on stage while she was Generalissimo in 2011. She is now an Honarary Board Member. Melissa says, "Opportunity is always present, Small Town Big Adventrure is exactlyu waht I have had. Thank you, Denise for berstowing me the honor og Grand Marshall."

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