Marion County was founded in 1855. The town of Hillsboro had a parade to begin the celebration of the county fair.
Hillsboro was named after John Gillespie Hill, who homesteaded in the area in 1871. Originally the city was named Hill City but since another city in Kansas already bore that name, it was changed to Hillsboro in 1879.
The Hillsboro area was settled by Russian Mennonites (some of my relation)beginning in 1874. These settlers brought with them Turkey Red Hard winter wheat. Today, the Mennonite Settlement Museum remains to demonstrate the lives of these early settlers.
Adam's sister and parents came to their first rural Kansas parade. These next 2 photos are from Stacy.
She wrote on her facebook:
"You know you are at a parade in the middle of no where Kansas when these are the floats."
The kids loved picking up candy that were thrown from the floats.
Friend, Ella, riding on the 4-H float.
Hannah and Sophia were so excited to become part of the action! When the church "float" joined the parade, several church members walked alongside and passed out cold water bottles.
They passed out around 1,000 bottles! Refreshing! And of course as refreshing as cold water is, how much more it is our hope that those who do not know Christ would come to know the Living Water!
Maybe a chiropractor float?
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This past Sunday our pastor spoke about a parade. He mentioned that in the Biblical times, when the military was victorious after a battle, they would go back to their city and have a parade showing all the spoils of war, including the prisoners. They would burn incense as they walked along. To the victors, it was a wonderful aroma, but to the captured, it was the smell of death.
2 Corinthians 2:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.