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Gardner Police Department Lieutenant James “Jay” Belcher celebrated is his 18th year participating in the Johnson County Parade. When asked why he is so happy to participate each year, this is what he had to say: “The Johnson County Fair Parade is a tradition in Gardner. There is a large number of people from different businesses, organizations and agencies who work together to make the parade possible, it is an honor to be a part of it.” The annual parade requires extra work from local police as they block traffic and control crowds.