Festival Grand Parade

Sponsored by WJER Radio

First Town Days Grand Parade

Friday, July 5th, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Parade will step off promptly at 6:30 PM on Friday, July 6th. Join our Grand Parade Marshals, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell, Police Chief Michael Goodwin, Fire Chief Jim Parrish, and Mr. Bob Smith of Smith Ambulance, our Junior Parade Marshal, Queens from past years, our Queen and Attendant from this year, and visiting royalty from other festivals, as well as many other entertaining parade entries including our Friday evening entertainment, country music artist Adam Calvert.

Parade entries will be pre-judged so that parade viewers will have the benefit of immediately knowing the parade winners as they travel the parade route. ALL UNITS MUST BE PREREGISTERED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JUDGING.

A map of the parade route is online for viewing on the “Applications Page.” Further information may be obtained by calling Sam Hitchcock at 330-340-7910.


Download Grand Parade Application

Our Grand Marshalls

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell


Orvis Campbell is proudly serving his 1st term as Sheriff of Tuscarawas County. Sheriff Campbell began his service to the County in 1990 as a probation officer for Tuscarawas County Juvenile Court Judge George J. Demis. In 1994, Campbell was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and was promoted to Detective in 1997. He then worked his way up through several ranks as an investigator before being elected Sheriff in November of 2016.
He also is an instructor for the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association and is a graduate of the 256th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Campbell is active in the community as a member of the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition and a board member for United Way of Tuscarawas County. Sheriff Campbell is a proud supporter and member of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau. He is a former board member for Harbor House, the county’s domestic violence shelter and substance abuse halfway house for women, and Personal and Family Counseling Services as well as the ADAMHS Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties.
Sheriff Campbell was proudly voted Ohio’s outstanding Law Enforcement Officer for 2018 by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. Campbell is a lifelong resident of Tuscarawas County, he and his wife Michelle have four children.

Mr. Bob Smith - Smith Ambulance


Bob is a 1969 graduate of Dover High School and a 1974 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
A funeral director and embalmer, he is the owner and president of Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek and The Lebold-Smith Funeral Home in Bolivar.
Bob is the owner and president of Smith Ambulance Service which began in 1983 when he purchased the former Lingler Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.  He has been an E.M.T. since 1972 and a paramedic since 1993.
Bob began his career following high school in 1969 when he started working at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home in Dover as a funeral assistant and ambulance attendant.  This coming June Bob will mark 50 years of working in funeral and ambulance service.  Bob has a son Bobby (Shawna) Smith of New Philadelphia, daughter Kelli (Mike) Mossor of Dover and four grandchildren Zachary & J.T. Smith and Emily & Andy Mossor. 

Saluting Our First Responders

New Philadelphia Police Chief Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin graduated from the Buckeye Career Center in 1979, and returned to BCC to attend the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 1983. He was a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy from 1983 until being hired by the City of New Philadelphia as a Police Officer in July of 1990, served as a Patrol Officer until 2000 when he was promoted to Patrol Captain. In 2002 he was appointed to the Detective Bureau. As a Detective, Mike handled major crimes, with a focus on crimes against children, and sexual assaults. In March of 2013 he was promoted to Chief of Police and currently has 21 full time officers, and 4 dispatchers that work for the Police Department under his command. The New Philadelphia Police Department handles approximately 13,000 calls to service a year. Mike Goodwin is also on the executive board of OACP and has attended countless training sessions throughout the country for the advancement of his career, and the New Philadelphia Police Department. He is a past recipient of Buckeye Career Center Alumni of the year and currently lives in New Philadelphia with his wife Amanda, and 2 dogs (Beau & Lucy).

New Philadelphia Fire Chief Jim Parrish
Jim Parrish is a 1982 graduate of Indian Valley South High School. He joined the Gnadenhutten – Clay Twp. Volunteer Fire Department in 1982 and attended Aultman Hospital/Stark County Paramedic Program in 1985. He served on the Gnadenhutten Volunteer Fire Department until 1992 when he was appointed as a career Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of New Philadelphia Fire Department. He was promoted to Captain in 2002 and then promoted to Fire Chief in 2008 in the position he currently serves.
Jim has been married to Sandra (Colaner) Parrish since 1986. Jim and Sandy live in New Philadelphia and have three adult daughters – Lindsey Parrish, Emily and husband Matt Miller, and Kendra Parrish.
Jim and Family are members of First Christian Church in New Philadelphia. Jim also is a Flight Paramedic for MedFlight of Ohio and serves on the New Philadelphia and Buckeye Career Center School Boards.
It is such an honor to serve the citizens of New Philadelphia and extremely humbling to serve as one of the First Town Days Parade Marshals with First Responders Smith Ambulance President Robert L. Smith, Sheriff Orvis Campbell and New Philadelphia Police Chief Michael Goodwin.
We represent many dedicated career and volunteer First Responders throughout Tuscarawas County who put their lives on the line every day to keep their communities safe.

Jr. Parade Marshal

Sponsored by 1st National Bank Of Dennison

Hey Kids, you can be just like Natalie Kennedy, 2018 Jr. Parade Marshal , daughter of Mike and Carrie Kennedy.
Enter for a chance to become the 2019 First Town Days Jr. Parade Marshal.

The 16th annual Jr. Parade Marshal contest gives students K-4 a chance to participate in the parade, win prizes, and help collect money for the scholarship fund. One child will be selected based on votes generated by donations collected in canisters, which are placed in the business of their choice. The canisters will be placed in the business for two weeks. Each student is also asked to write a short essay stating why he or she would like to be Jr. Parade Marshal. Students who are chosen as Jr. Parade Marshals will be recognized at opening ceremonies festival week, ride in the Grand Parade, and receive gifts and prizes. The announcement of the winners will be during the Queens Pageant on Friday, June 28th at Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m.

A Big Thank You to Mark Aksterowicz and Bob Stucky of
Creative Floats for providing the float for the Jr. Parade Marsh