According to Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings, more than 90 members of the 1092nd Engineer Battalion will march in the upcoming parade, slated for Saturday, Aug. 6 at noon.
The 1092nd recently returned to the area after a year-long service period in Afghanistan.
“We are honored to have these outstanding men and women of the 1092nd with us in the fair parade,” Billings said. “We are so proud of each of them for their service to our country as well as many others from this area who are serving or have served.”
In addition, at 11:45 a.m. prior to the parade’s kick off, a brief ceremony honoring the 1092nd will take place in front of the Gene Salem Senior Center. According to Billings, the fair parade is known for being the largest of all Mason County parades. He said that due to the special inclusion of the 1092nd, the upcoming fair parade will more than likely be the biggest to date.
The parade route will begin at the corner of Second and Main St., near the Point Pleasant Register office, and will end at the Mason County Board of Education Office. In addition to the 1092nd, this year’s parade will feature festival royalty, area 4-H clubs as well as local groups and organizations. Those interested in participating in the event, can call either Billings at 304-675-6633; Kevin Durst at 304-675-5415; Shayla Blackshire at 304-895-8830; or the Mason County Fair Office at 304-675-5463.
During the fair on Tuesday, Aug. 8, another ceremony to honor the 1092nd will take place. The ceremony will be held at 7:45 p.m. on the fairgrounds main stage. During this time, members of the Mason County Fair Board will dedicate this year’s fair to the 1092nd.