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Daleville AutumnFest October 10th-12th

It would be hard to find someone in Daleville who has not heard the name David Parkison.

Parkison has been an active member of the community since he decided Daleville would be his home in 1989. From coaching several sports, to teaching, to announcing at high school sports, to leading both the Daleville Historians group and taking a role with the Daleville Lions Club

After retiring from the Daleville Community Schools last spring after 40 years as a teacher, administrator and coach, Parkison was nominated as Daleville’s Citizen of the Year for this year’s AutumnFest.

“I tell you what, I’m honored. I never thought about being Citizen of the Year. I’ve just gotten involved with the community,” Parkison said.

For him, it just made sense to get involved in the community where he was going to raise his family. After teaching for a few years at Daleville he bought a house where he would raise his two sons.

While having an entire list of accomplishments during his time with the school system, one of Parkison’s favorite achievements was the Daleville Historians. The group not only allowed his love for history to flourish, but helped restore a small pioneer cemetery near the town, which became one of his personal projects.

Parkison is a self-proclaimed presidential trivia buff and has a fascination with the presidents.

“When we think of them they are a good slice of history because we have had all kinds of leaders from political leaders, military leaders, everything. They give you a really good slice of American history,” Parkison said.

Parkison helped organize a Christmas food drive and was proud to help out the community when it was needed.

“People need to get involved with the community activities because everyone is better off when more people get involved,” Parkison said.

Parkison’s achievements and involvement for the town made him an easy choice when the comittee was selecting candidates.

“I really consider it an honor. I’ve been privileged to be a part of the community. It has been very positive for me and I hope my involvement has helped to get things done,” Parkison said.

Parkison will receive the Citizen of the Year award on Friday, Oct. 10, at the 4-H pavilion during a ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

AutumnFest will start that same night. Vendor booths and rides will be open 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

“We are excited to see interest in the festival seeming to grow this year,” said Steve Selby, one of the committee members.

There will be an emergency demonstration at 7 p.m. This will be a demonstration of an accident where rescue personnel will use the Jaws of Life on a vehicle. Brad Real, who works with the Salem Township-Daleville Emergency Services, thought it would be a good way to show the public how the equipment works. It will be the first time for such a demonstration during AutumnFest.

“It’s a really unique sound when they are used,” Real said. The department was looking forward to getting to meet the public during the demonstration.

The band showcase at the 4-H Pavilion starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 will feature talent from the surrounding area.

Canoe Country will be offering $5 canoe or kayak rentals during the weekend.

In addition to dozens of other events going on through the weekend, there will be a softball tournament Oct. 11-12.

Special Thanks to The Star Press

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The Town of Daleville is located in Delaware County where I-69, Ind. 67 and Ind. 32 converge.

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