Jenny Clark Named Grand Marshal of 2014 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
November 4, 2014
Main Street Greenville and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee have named Jenny Clark as the 2014 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal.
When selecting the Grand Marshal for 2014, Jenny was the perfect choice. “Jenny was the visionary who created this event. Without her, we would not have this tradition in our community today. She was the perfect choice for this honor,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.
Jenny created the parade after participating in Lebanon’s horse parade. “Lebanon’s parade gave me the idea to bring something like it to Greenville. I could envision the horse drawn carriages going down Broadway looking like a scene on a Christmas card,” said Jenny. Shortly after, she gathered as much information as she could and started planning a parade for Greenville. Jenny and her committee created the first parade during Thanksgiving weekend in 2004.
Jenny reminisced about her first experience riding in the parade she created. “I will never forget the scene as we rounded the corner and headed down Broadway. It was breathtaking. The streets were packed with people and downtown Greenville looked exactly like the Christmas card I had envisioned.”
Jenny decided to pass over the reins of the parade a few years back to Main Street Greenville. She has since moved on to other community projects, the latest being the creation of The Gathering at Garst at Garst Museum. “I like bringing new ideas to Greenville that showcase what a wonderful place it is,” said Clark.
Jenny is married to Jack Clark and they will celebrate 40 years together this June. They raised a family of three children - Katie, Dan, and Molly. They first became interested in horses (specifically the Haflinger breed) when their kids joined 4-H. Many of their summers were spent training horses and showing them at local fairs. Their barns and pastures were always host to other community children who loved horses and many great memories were made during that time. Their family’s love for horses continues as they currently have 5 horses at their farm in Arcanum that they use for parades and carriage rides.
“Greenville is my hometown. I always thought the downtown had such charm with the architecture and the storefronts, still beautiful and vibrant today. I am honored to be named the Grand Marshal of the 11th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. It is very dear to my heart and I hope it continues to be a downtown tradition for years to come,” said Clark.
“We are thankful for Jenny’s vision and her hard work to get the parade started. She is dedicated to our community and she encourages others to get involved. We are blessed to have her here, that is for sure,” said Garrett.
The 2014 Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 22nd. The parade will begin at 7 pm, with entertainment leading up to the parade.
You can find additional information about the parade HERE or follow them on Facebook.
Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or email@example.com.