Sisters are Grand Marshals at Fall Fest

October 18, 2021 by

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia were honored this fall by being named the Grand Marshals of the 2021 Concordia Fall Fest.

Fall Fest is an annual celebration that takes place in September. It is a fun-packed weekend of events, booths, live entertainment and delicious food in the downtown area of Concordia. According to the Concordia Chamber of Commerce, the event brings in over 6,000 visitors.

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, president, and Sister Mary Jo Thummel, vice president, led the way as the named co-Grand Marshals in a decorated golf cart driven by Sister Jan McCormick. They were followed by a pickup driven by Sister Lorren Harbin filled with sisters in the cab and the back, and surrounded by a large group of sisters walking along carrying banners, waving to the crowd and tossing candy to children.

The event was blessed with perfect fall weather. After the parade, many sisters stayed downtown to enjoy the booths and activities, while others helped out at the Immigration Committee booth, the Neighbor to Neighbor Open House and the first annual Sister Ramona Medina Memorial Art Show.

“We were honored to be the Grand Marshals for the Fall Fest parade. As Concordia concluded celebrating its 150th birthday, it was a good time to reflect on our relationship with the city through our 137 years here,” Sister Jean said. “It has been a wonderful and mutually beneficial relationship. We are proud to call Concordia ‘home’!”

In selecting the sisters as Grand Marshals, the Chamber of Commerce noted that it was appropriate as the city celebrated its sesquicentennial year as the Sisters of St. Joseph have been in Concordia for 137 of those years, making it their home in 1884.

A chamber spokesman said, “Over the years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have generously given their time, talents and other resources to the community. They have been pillars in the community through the hospital, nursing home, school, Manna House of Prayer, Helping Hands food pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor, the community garden, and so much more. The Concordia Chamber of Commerce thanks the Sisters of St. Joseph for all they have done and continue to do for the community.”

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