PITTSBORO — Lynn Love and the Pittsboro Jaycees have been planning and implementing the Pittsboro town celebration and parade for 21 years. Love served as the chairman for the event for about 13 of those years.
This year it’s been decided to pass the torch on to the Young Marines.
Keith Gurley is the executive officer for the newest unit of the Young Marines in Indiana. He is also a resident of Pittsboro.
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines strives to promote the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
“We’ve been meeting in the Speedway American Legion Post and have quickly outgrown the space,” Gurley said. “We started with 15 kids and now we’ve grown to about 32.”
The unit will be moving to the Pittsboro American Legion building in Scamahorn Park in Pittsboro after its break on July 1. They will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Monday.
“I went to the Pittsboro Town Council meeting to find out who was in charge of the parade because I wanted to get our kids involved,” Gurley said.
During the meeting, he learned that the Jaycees were no longer going to plan the event and that another group that had wanted to take it over had backed out.
“The Jaycees had done the parade for decades,” Gurley said. “I know Lynn Love well and know it takes a lot of manpower to put on the celebration. The Jaycees do an amazing amount of work for the town.”
He said a local business owner didn’t agree with how the event was being planned and started a Facebook campaign.