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Montgomery Illinois - Montgomery Fest Announces Grand Marshal for the August 21 Parade 03 August 2022 ( news )
Montgomery , state Illinois ( By Press Release office)
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Wednesday , August 3 , 2022
MONTGOMERY FEST COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES THE 2022 PARADE GRAND MARSHAL , THE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Montgomery , IL– For the past 36 years , the Montgomery Fest Committee has named an individual ( s ) as the parade grand marshal for the event’s parade , which takes place on the last day of the fest each year . However , this year , the committee has named The Conservation Foundation and its Dickson - Murst Farm Partners as the ......2022 Parade Grand Marshal; for the first time in its history , the honor is bestowed to a group .
"The Conservation Foundation has grounded the growth of our area and community in the importance of the land , its history , the conservation of natural space , the importance of native plantings and wildlife , and the preservation of open space . We are privileged to be the home of the Dickson - Murst Farm , " Mayor Matt Brolley states . "We cannot thank them enough for their commitment to the farm , its partners , and the education it provides to our residents and visitors . We are excited to have this organization highlighted in the parade . " The Village of Montgomery hopes this nod will help remind and educate residents about the Dickson - Murst Farm ( 2550 Dickson Road , Montgomery ) and how fortunate the community is to have the farm in its community .
The Conservation Foundation owns and operates the historic property in Montgomery on Dickson Road , aptly named Dickson - Murst Farm . The original property owner Simon Dickson settled in the area in the 1860s , about the same time the Village of Montgomery incorporated . Four generations of Dicksons worked the farm over the next 150 years , including his great - great - grandson Shorty Dickson , his sister , Juanita Murst , and her husband , John . In 2006 , the family sold the farming land to developers . In the sale process , the Village of Montgomery saved the 4 . 5 - acre historic homestead of the Dickson Farm despite having no long - term plan for the property .
"When we purchased the Dickson - Murst Farm in 2016 , I was very excited about a home base to further our mission in the western counties of our service area , and it was exciting to save some cool old farm buildings . But I never imagined all that would happen here and what a vibrant part of the community the Dickson - Murst Farm would become , " says Brook McDonald , President/CEO of The Conservation Foundation .
The Conservation Foundation purchased the Dickson - Murst Farm from the Village of Montgomery for $10 , giving conservation a voice amidst the area ' s rapid growth . The agreement saved the historic farmstead , provided a western office location for the Foundation , and initiated further open space and native restoration efforts in Kendall County . McDonald notes , "The Village of Montgomery has always championed the farm , and we cannot thank them enough for honoring us and our Dickson - Murst Farm Partners as this year ' s parade Grand Marshal . " The organization will feature historic tractors and a float in the Montgomery Fest Parade , which steps off at 1:00P from Main & Mill Streets in downtown Montgomery on Sunday , August 21 .
The history of the Dickson - Murst Farm continues despite Shorty Dickson ' s passing in 2021 . He was the last generation of the Dickson family to live on Dickson Road for their entire life . Many of the original buildings still stand today , including the 1864 barn built around solid oak tree trunks . The Foundation utilizes the main house on site as an office , and the Dickson - Murst Farm Partners ( a volunteer group of The Conservation Foundation ) maintains the farm buildings and grounds and coordinates community engagement events to connect the community to the region ' s history and rural farming . This energetic group raised the money and provided many hours and much of the sweat equity to restore all 8 of the wood buildings on the farm , provide hands - on activities to area youth at the annual Dickson - Murst Farm Camp , and care for the farm in so many ways . "Our volunteers have made this farm such an important gathering space for the community to come together , " says Jill Johnson , Communications Manager of The Conservation Foundation . Each year they host a day at the Farm in August . This year ' s event will take place Sunday , August 28 ( one week after the parade ) from 9A - 4P . The event features farm demonstrations , barrel tractor rides , crafts and activities , food , and face painting . To find out more , visit
theconservationfoundation . org/event/2022 - day - at - the - farm
Additionally , in 2022 , The Conservation Foundation is celebrating its 50th Anniversary . This golden milestone will be honored with several community initiatives: 50 Miles for 50 Years Outdoor Challenge , Fox River Paddlewheel Boat Cruise on Saturday , August 20 ( already sold out ) , a Climate Change Campaign ,
50 Tips for 50 Years
, and a 50th Anniversary Mission Fair , and the 50 for 50 Awards planned for November .
Those interested in supporting the farm and The Conservation Foundation or are looking for more information about the member - supported nonprofit can visit
theconservationfoundation . org
. In addition , the Farm Partners are always looking for volunteers to help support the farm ' s mission and conservation efforts in the area . Information about their upcoming events can be found online at
theconservationfoundation . org/events
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