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Greenville Federal honored as Horse Parade Platinum Sponsor

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Greenville Federal, represented by President and CEO Jeff Kniese, is honored by parade Chairperson Diana Stebbins as a Platinum Sponsor. The 18th annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade is hosted by Main Street Greenville on Nov. 20 in downtown Greenville.

GREENVILLE, Ohio – Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County, is proud to serve as a Platinum Sponsor for the 18th annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Nov. 20.

“It’s a major community event. We’re a local community bank so it’s kind of natural for us to help out,” said Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal.

Kniese has been fortunate to view the parade as both a spectator and as a participant. In 2009, Kniese rode in a carriage with his oldest son. Which view offers the best Hometown Holiday Horse Parade experience?

“That’s a good question. Being in the parade is not bad because you do get to see a lot of people,” Kniese said. “Watching is fun because you get to see all the different coaches and hitches that come through.”

Greenville Federal, in business since 1883, has served as a Platinum Sponsor all 18 years of the parade. This year’s event, hosted by Main Street Greenville, takes place on S. Broadway Street on Nov. 20 starting at 7 p.m. The event traditionally features more than 90 lighted horse drawn carriages, hitches and riders.

The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, led by Chairperson Diana Stebbins, provides a variety of entertainment options including music and free pony rides as well as shopping and dining options among Greenville’s unique selection of downtown businesses. The parade route travels down S. Broadway Street, travels around the circle and back up S. Broadway.

“I love watching the kids light up when they see Santa,” Kniese said. “It’s almost like Christmas Day. … It’s a family event. You get to see beautiful horses, beautiful hitches and you get to help out the local community. If you’re all about trying to help out local this is a great way to do it. We’re as local as they get.”

For more information about Main Street Greenville and the 18th annual Hometown Holiday Horse Event, visit MSG’s Facebook page at

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit, call 937-548-4998 or email

The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade features dozens of lighted horse drawn carriages, buggies and riders as they welcome in the holiday season. The 2021 event takes place on Saturday, November 20th, with pre-parade entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and the parade starting at 7 p.m.

To participate contact Chairperson Diana Stebbins at 937-606-4776 or by email at


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