The 37th annual Cat Square Parade is set to take place Saturday in Vale.
Featured in the parade will be this yearâ€™s newest Cat Square Mayor, Ronald Johnson, Little Miss Cat Square, Rachel Palmer and Miss Cat Square, Sommer Cook. Area residents voted on the three parade titles.
Ronald, a life-long resident of Lincoln County, is a third-generation farmer who operates a family farm with his son Bradley and brother Steve on Leatherman Road.
He praised the Cat Square area for its friendly, rural atmosphere, calling it â€œa good country community with neighbor helping neighbor.â€
Ronald is also firm on how he plans to â€œruleâ€ the next year as mayor.
â€œExpect no changesâ€¦this year because if it isnâ€™t broke, there is no need to fix it,â€ he said.
Ronald and his wife Patricia also have two daughters, Allison and Sherrie.
Sommer is a freshman at West Lincoln High School and is an avid Lady Rebels cheerleader and track member. She even participates in the schoolâ€™s club for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In addition, Sommerâ€™s an active youth member at Reepsville Baptist Church and plans to pursue a career in the medical field following graduation. Her favorite hobbies include hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel attends Union Elementary School where sheâ€™s in the fifth grade. She has a knack for dance and is in her seventh year at Alternative Steps Dance Studio in Lincolnton. Her mother Deana was the paradeâ€™s first Little Miss Cat Square in 1978. Deana was just five years old.
Saturdayâ€™s parade starts at 2 p.m. with lineup at 1 p.m. on Zur Leonard Road. The staging area for horses is on Dan Rhyne Road. All entries must complete a registration form. In addition, entries are free except for horse and ATVs, which must pay $1 apiece.