2017 Swanton Corn Festival Parade & Grand Marshal


2017 Swanton Corn Festival Parade
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM

2016 Grand Marshal for the Swanton Corn Festival

Congratulations :

Betty Jo Sadowski

The Grand Marshal for the 2016 Corn Festival is Betty Jo Sadowski. She is the daughter of Chet and Dorothy Sadowski and has a sister Sandra and a brother Steve. Sadowski is a life time resident of Swanton who graduated in 1971 from SHS and went to the University of Toledo to earn her bachelor and master's degrees.

She taught in the Swanton School district for 36 years before retiring. When asked who her mentors were, she named Elaine Mollencopf and Dan Holden. "They were the ones who encouraged me to find a way to teach so that everyone could gain an understanding of the subject and make it exciting for students to learn new things."

Betty Jo has served on the Corn Festival Committee for 14 years, helped start Safety Village, served on the Swanton Local Schools Foundation and was the 6th grade Outdoor Education Director for many years. She is the announcer for the Swanton Bulldog Bowl, football halftime shows and a member of the Trinity United Methodist church choir and hand bell choir.

When you talk to Betty Jo about teaching she will tell you it was and still is her passion. "I loved going to work every day." She is still involved in Swanton schools by taking photos at many events, helping students prepare for the ACT and substituting in both the Middle School and High School. In her spare time she enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, taking photos and working at Sadowski's Produce in the summer.

"I am very honored to be the Grand Marshall".

Past Corn Festival Grand Marshals

2015   Swanton's First Responders
2014   Bob Czajka
2013   Jim Lambert
2012   Harriet Parker, Bob Pilliod, & Dick Slawinski
2011   Honoring the Legendary Farmers of the Area
2010   Dan & Gloria McQuade & Julie Gorell
2009   Colonel Mark E. Bartman, Commander 180th Fighter Wing
2008   Joe & Carolyn Kahl
2007   Shores & Steele
2006   Swanton Rotary Club
2005   Tom Sullivan
2004   Roger Schlade
2003   The Carson Family
2002   Ron Dixon
2001   John Bonam
2000   George Kern & Norm Zeiter
1999   Don Dunkle

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