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Strode will be parade grand marshall
McMinnville native Lester Strode, shown holding the World Series trophy, is believed to be the first person from Warren County to be part of a World Series championship team.

From World Series championship to grand marshal of the McMinnville Christmas Parade, Lester Strode will take a place of honor in this year’s procession.
“It’s official. Lester Strode has agreed to be the grand marshal in this year’s parade,” said Kendra Foust, McMinnville Parks and Recreation program coordinator. “It is great news and we couldn’t be happier.”
Warren County was showered with what is believed to be its first-ever World Series champion as the McMinnville native is a member of the Chicago Cubs as the team’s bullpen coach. The team ended a 108-year World Series drought. Strode has been recognized by the city of McMinnville with a day named in his honor and now as its parade grand marshal.
With its theme of Christmas in Toyland, the parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 3. Lineup begins at noon at McMinnville Civic Center. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. and runs its traditional route down Main Street.
Parade entries are currently being accepted. The deadline to enter is Nov. 25. No entry forms will be accepted after the deadline or the day of the parade. Entry forms can be picked up and submitted at McMinnville Civic Center.
“People can use their imagination,” said Foust. “It can be any toy, toy-related movie, book or story. Have fun with it.”
Toys can be past or present, and any toy will do, including wooden soldiers, rocking horses, building blocks, bears, dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Rubik’s Cube, jack-in-the-box, slinky, and more.
For more information, call Foust at 473-1212.