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Cat Square Parade set for Saturday

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 

The 37th annual Cat Square Parade is set to take place Saturday in Vale.
Featured in the parade will be this year’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 “a good country community with neighbor helping neighbor.”
Ronald is also firm on how he plans to “rule” the next year as mayor.
“Expect no changes…this year because if it isn’t broke, there is no need to fix it,” 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 school’s club for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In addition, Sommer’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 she’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 parade’s first Little Miss Cat Square in 1978. Deana was just five years old.
Saturday’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.

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