Baumhover named SSS Parade Marshal

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A longtime Storm Lake business leader has been named parade marshal for the 2019 Star Spangled Spectacular Big Parade. Bryan Baumhover, who served the past 20 years as manager at the Storm Lake Fareway grocery store will be leading the popular Fourth of July parade.

“We chose Bryan Baumhover to be the grand marshal of the Star Spangled Spectacular Parade because of the impact he has had on so many people here in Storm Lake,” noted Rob and Michelle Smith, co-commodores of the Spectacular. “He has distinguished himself as a positive role model of how to treat people both young and old. He has been instrumental in shaping the work ethic and basic customer service skills in employees, making every customer and employee feel special and important, and giving back to the community in so many ways by volunteering his time and talents.”

Baumhover recently moved to his hometown of Carroll to be near his aging parents and manage that Fareway store.

“I am honored to be grand marshal as there are so many people deserving of it,” Baumhover said of his new honor. “Storm Lake has been home for me, Leann and the kids. It was a great place for raising my kids and making them ready for the world. The diversity here taught them better than any university.”

The parade marshal said he was pleased to learn of the “Coming Home” theme and that the Pertzborn brothers are co-commodores of the event. “It’s exciting to see the ‘kids’ coming back – Brown kids, Brashears, Redenbaugh…and that the Smith’s (commodores) came home several years ago.”

In his two decades of running the grocery store, he said he not only raised his biological family with beloved wife Leann, he also raised another family at the store. He said he is very proud of many of the employees that “grew up” at the Storm Lake Fareway and made their way out in the world.

“I’d like to think I had a small part of their doings when I was working with them. I’m so proud of what they’ve become.”

All Star Spangled Spectacular entertainment is family friendly and free of charge for the Spectacular. Entertainment is funded through private donations.

Information and updates regarding the 2019 celebration are available on the Spectacular’s new webpage, www.starspangledspectacular.net, the Spectacular’s Facebook page at Star Spangled Spectacular or Twitter @SLSSSpectacular.

For real time alerts, text SPECTACULAR to 31996 for time and location information for Star Spangled Spectacular activities (note this is a new code).

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