Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade. This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association. The 2016 BHOSA Parade will be held Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am.

The annual Old Settlers’ Day Celebration will begin with the parade through Bishop Hill. At 11:30 a Chicken Dinner will be served at the Colony School. At 12:15 the Bishop Hill High Society Band will perform at the Gazebo in the town square. The formal program is scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the park. The public is invited to attend.

BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, leftLouisandMarion Nelson, 2016 Parade Marshals, right

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association has chosen Bishop Hill residents, Marian and Louis Nelson, as the Grand Marshals for the quadrennial Old Settlers’ Day Parade.

Marion and Louis are direct descendants of the original colony settlers and both were born within a mile of Bishop Hill. They have made their home in Bishop Hill since they were wed in 1947 and have played active roles in building and growing this community. Over several decades, Louis has applied his extensive carpentry expertise in preserving many of Bishop Hill’s fine old buildings and Marion has lent her hand and culinary skills in fundraising for multiple organizations and events. The BHOSA is proud to have this outstanding couple lead this year’s parade!

The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association is seeking parade entries

Large floats and small floats, floats pulled by horses, tractors, and trucks are all needed. Marching bands, antique cars, and antique tractors are also welcome to participate. As always, the parade will feature the Old Settlers’ original 1929 Chevy firetruck.

There are no entry fees. If you wish to participate please contact the BHOSA President, Cinda Anderson, at 309-927-3044.