The 175th Anniversary (1842-2017) Celebration at Yorkville United Methodist Church continued with the creation of a special Fourth of July parade float. The theme was “Let Your Light Shine” and “This Little Light of Mine” was played on a boom box. The message was “175 Years of Sharing God’s Love” through local mission (Food Bank), national mission (Flood Relief through UMCOR) and world mission (agricultural missionary Rev. Paul Webster). The float featured large map cut-outs of Wisconsin, the United States and Africa. Parade walkers wore colorful “light bulb” T-shirts with “Shining For Jesus” on the back, and several children wore light bulb costumes. A second float with a similar theme, carried the “Hims of Harmony” men’s quintet, singing “Ain’t Nobody” and “Cool Drink of Water”. It also advertised the upcoming Vacation Bible School. Both floats, built on hay wagons and pulled by members' farm tractors, appeared in the Union Grove parade at 9:15 am and the Raymond parade at 1:00 pm, both in Racine County. It was a great witness to the communities. There are more 175th Anniversary events to follow.

Parade photos by Sandy Moyer. Submitted by Carol Knight, Chair of 175th Task Force