The Wildcat marching band director to maintain De Soto Days tradition
This is the first year Kristin Bothof has headed the parade at the De Soto Days Festival, but she sounds much like her predecessor three weeks before the event.
Bothof, who works at FCB Bank, was recruited to organize the parade by De Soto Days Festival Chairwoman Raheema Sampson, who also happens to work at FCB Bank. Bothof took charge of the parade from Kathy Ross.
In years past, Ross never knew what the parade would look like until participants arrived at the starting point.
Bothof is in much the same position this year. Even an old standby, the De Soto High School Marching Wildcats, is up in the air with the departure of band director Justin Love.
The parade was another tradition he wanted to continue, new director Dan Freeman said.
"I sent the registration in today," he said Aug. 15. "I've been meaning to do it all summer. We wouldn't miss it. We're going to be there as long as I'm here."
The theme of this year's festival is "Into the Future." Bothof said parade entrants could again vie for the cash prizes with judges awarding prizes based on the theme. Prizes will be $300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third, and $50 for fourth and fifth, Bothof said.
Parade registration will start at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, in the De Soto High School parking lot, Bothof said. It will leave the Lexington Trail Middle School parking lot at 9:45 a.m. with the vanguard arriving downtown at 10 a.m., she said.
One thing Bothor does know is that during this election year, the parade will have lots of politicians.
Once again this year, the children's parade will get things started downtown on festival Saturday. Children wishing to be in that parade should be at the corner of Peoria and 83rd streets by 9:30 a.m. The parade is to start at 9:45 a.m.