In years past, the annual Frontier Days celebration honored a distinguished citizen as Grand Marshal of the parade.
Former Grand Marshals included Rita Moore, Ray Braun, Frankie Cross, Mike Schmidt, Max Campbell, Carl Peer, Leonard Murphy, Ed Shanley, Minnie Fesmire, etc.
Those were people who sacrificed for the betterment of the community. They were humble people who shunned the spotlight, and were probably a little reticent to accept the title.
So we were kind of surprised to learn that this year’s Grand Marshals are Candid Marketing & Communications of Lee’s Summit.
While we appreciate the $39,000 logo the company designed for Edgerton, we can’t understand why someone local wasn’t chosen.
Glyn Powers, for example, would have been an excellent choice for Grand Marshal.
He served as the city superintendent for the public works department for three decades and has been a long time volunteer for the community.
Then again, Powers is not the type to seek accolades for his service to the community.
We can think of several other Edgerton residents who are deserving of the honor.
Too many, in fact, to mention here.
For a Lee’s Summit-based company to design a $39,000 logo paid for by taxpayers…well that doesn’t sound like community service. It is business, and there is nothing wrong with that. But should a business transaction be reason enough to award the honor of Grand Marshall?
It seems to fly in the face of the spirit of Frontier Days, which was created nearly 40 years ago as a local festival honoring hometown pride and community service.
Growth can’t be denied. But values do not have to change. What a disappointment.