Kevin L. Green
Rush County Chamber of Commerce Director Sandy Fussner has issued a statement following a recent meeting of the Rushville Common Council in which local parade organizer Sandra Coons said Fussner had “declared war” regarding the annual July 4 parade that Coons has organized the past several years.
At issue was the route the parade will follow. Coons wanted to use Harrison Street and Fussner, along with members of the Common Council, want the parade to utilize Main Street.
Fussner said a comment she made some time back was either misunderstood or was being taken out of context.
“I had just returned from the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Wisconsin when I read the article about the location of the parade in the paper. As far as I’m concerned, this really doesn’t amount to much. It’s true that I told Sandra that we’d ‘go to war’ over the location of the parade, but that was intended as just a simple figure of speech and nothing more. The more important point is the 4th of July parade has traditionally been held on Main Street,” Fussner said.
“The only reason it was moved to Harrison Street the last couple of years was because of the construction on Main, Fussner continued. “Now that the street improvements have been completed, it just makes sense to move it back to Main Street. Furthermore, as Chamber Director, it’s part of my job to support the businesses in our central business district. Having the parade on Main Street takes it past several of our Chamber partners and, as always, there are lots of people lining the parade route, which brings them right to the front door of several local businesses. Having the parade on Harrison Street takes it through a very attractive part of town, but it doesn’t take it past any local businesses.”
Commenting further on the “going to war” remark, Fussner said, “I think anyone who heard me say it knew I meant it in jest. Sandra and George have done a wonderful job over the years of organizing the parade and the fireworks display and I’m sorry Sandra took offense at my comment, but it was just one of those throw-away remarks people make. Apparently, she took it seriously.”
Fussner also pointed out that the Chamber recognized George and Sandra Coons not long ago by presenting them with the Chamber’s “Citizen of the Year” award.
“We genuinely appreciate what they do for our community,” she said, adding, “Speaking as Chamber Director, I agree with the decision made by Mayor Pavey and the City Council to hold the parade on Main Street where it’s traditionally been held for years. Some years it’s been up Main Street and some years it’s been down. If the city and the Chamber have to assume responsibility for the 4th of July parade, I’m sure we can handle it.”
Complete details regarding this year’s July 4 parade and other holiday-related activities will be featured in future editions of the Rushville Republican.
Contact: Kevin Green @ 765.932.2222 x108