GREENVILLE — Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association, as the grand marshal of the 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.
When selecting the grand marshals for the horse parade, the committee and board considers individuals who support the success of Greenville. Voting to select Dick Brown was an easy decision for the 14th annual event.
“Dick was an easy choice for grand marshal because he has always given back to Darke County and helps everyone,” said Diana Stebbins, chair of the horse parade committee. “As president of the alumni association, he does so much for the schools. He writes the newsletters for the association and lends his photography skills to many events throughout the year. He helps the GHS yearbook staff with photos and recently took homecoming pictures for the students.”
Brown was born and raised in Darke County and graduated from Greenville High School in 1964. He then went on to Miami University and graduated in 1968. He briefly worked at Pratt & Whitney after college before buying McVay’s Sporting Goods. After McVay’s, he worked as a real estate appraiser for Greenville Federal.
Many local natives may also know Brown for his spectacular Christmas light display. The decorations have drawn people from all over the area to his home for the past 24 years. As the tradition enters its 25th year, anyone who has experienced the amazing exhibit before will tell you that it is more than just a display. The Browns also open their door to greet visitors and hand out thousands of full sized candy canes to those who stop by.
He married his wife Diane in April of 1975 and they settled in Greenville not long after. They have two daughters, Brandy and Betsy, and two sons-in-law, Josh Hill and Kraig Reiber. The Browns also have a 6-month-old granddaughter named Hazel.
The Browns are members of First Presbyterian Church and Dick has previously served on the board of trustees for the Garst Museum. In their spare time the couple enjoys traveling, working on projects, and spending time with their friends and family.
Like Dick, Diane is also very involved with the the Greenville School System. She volunteers at the high school office and is on the Greenville School Foundation. For his loyal support of the Greenville School System, the Greenville High School Alumni Association unanimously voted in 2010 to award the first ever lifetime membership to Dick.
“Mr. Dick Brown is an outstanding man,” said Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent for Greenville City Schools. “He has dedicated time and effort in attending school district events and photographing memories of a lifetime. We appreciate him and his work in truly making a positive difference for generations of Greenwaves!”
The 2017 Hometown Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 18. The parade will begin at 7 p.m., with entertainment leading up to the parade. You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville’s website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville .
Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or firstname.lastname@example.org