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George G. Borum was named the Grand Marshall of this year's Centralia Halloween Parade. Pictured is Borum with his son Jay and members of the Centralia Halloween Parade Committee.

Grand Marshall Chosen for This Year's Centralia Halloween Parade

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Centralia Halloween Parade Committee has named the Grand Marshal for this year's parade.  George G. Borum was chosen as the grand marshal this year.  His son, Jay Borum, says his father was chosen because of a pumpkin tradition he started in downtown Centralia in 1949, and also for his spectacular floats he designed and built in past parades.  

“They picked him because through the 1950's and 1960's, he made the big prize winning floats for the Hollywood Candy Company and the Reading Outdoor Advertising”, said Borum.  Borum says the floats were much larger than today's floats, over 100 feet in length.  

This year's theme for the parade is “My Favorite Game”, created by Caitlyn Bone of Schiller School.  

Parade Chair Butch Mathus says so far he has 62 entries for the parade with 12 bands, and is expecting more entries to come.  The deadline to be in the printed parade line-up is Friday, October 19.  Those who need an entry can call Butch Mathus at 533-5602 or by going to www.centraliahpff.org.  

He says float numbers are down this year, but says he's not worried.  “It's not the numbers that we're worried about for the Halloween parade.  It's the quality, and we're always looking to stride to do that.  Right now it's looking pretty good, and we'll just look at how the weather will turn out in a couple weeks and we'll go from there”, said Mathus.  

Mathus says cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the best floats in six-categories, and for the Harley Queen and Grand Marshall's choice.  He states the committee will be meeting every Thursday at the Centralia Elks Lodge at 6 p.m. up to the parade.  

A full day of activities is once again being planned for Saturday, October 27th, leading up to the 7 pm parade. They include a car show, chili contest, and a craft show, and children's games.  Also anyone who would like to donate to the parade can by sending them to the Centralia Halloween Parade, P.O. Box 410, Centralia, Illinois 62801.  

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