25 floats ready to roll in Union City parade

Union City Middle-High School will crown its 2009 Homecoming Queen and King Friday during halftime of the Union City-Eisenhower football game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Queen candidates, all seniors, from left, are Lori Beth Nunemaker, Vicky Bem, Jamie Gawlinski, Andrea Capela, Kyla Pieper and Jenna VanTassell. Senior King candidates, from left, are Scott Glenn, Kevin Klus, Alex Yaple, Brett Smith, Kyle Albrecht and Taylor Hanlin. Journal photo by Stephen Sears

UNION CITY — Union City will hold its 50th annual Homecoming celebration in 2010.

“We’ve got lots of plans, but we can’t tell them all yet,” said Dorothy Adams, president of the Union City Alumni Association that sponsors the annual parade and alumni banquet.

“We want that one to be special,” Alumni Association Vice President Bob King added.

But Homecoming’s golden anniversary one year from now may have a lot to live up to.

The 49th version of Homecoming, which will be celebrated Friday and Saturday, is shaping up to be a good one.

Saturday’s 11 a.m. parade promises to be one of the largest in recent history.

“We’ve got 25 floats signed up,” King said. “I don’t remember every parade, but to my recollection that’s the highest number we’ve ever had.”

Parade units will line up at 9:30 a.m. along the avenues, and floats will assemble on Second Avenue near the Union City Presbyterian Church, where they will be judged.

There is no established theme for floats.

“We’ve done this for the past several years,” Adams said. “It’s working out really well.”

King said Union City schools have a growing interest in making the parade better each year.

“The elementary school usually has one float. This year, they’ll have five,” he said.

Three high school classes, several school organizations, four churches, and numerous businesses and neighborhood groups also will be represented.

“This is good for Union City,” King said. “We always have big crowds for the parade. People really seem to enjoy it.”

The parade will be held rain or shine.

“We’re praying for no rain,” King said.

Ed Margie, a retired Union City Elementary School physical education teacher and head varsity wrestling coach for 34 years and counting, was selected by the Alumni Association to be this year’s parade grand marshal.

Bob Johnson, a former Alumni Association president, will be master of ceremonies. Johnson will announce the units from a reviewing stand set up on North Main Street, at the intersection with Market Street.

See the Journal's Thursday, October 1st edition for full story.

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