It’s not too late to enter a float in the city’s 175th anniversary parade or participate in the Battle of the Bands competition.

Both events are scheduled for Saturday, May 24 — all part of a daylong birthday celebration.

The city of Washington was founded May 29, 1839.

Entry deadlines for the parade and band contest have been extended, organizers said.

The final date for parade entries is this Thursday, May 1, according to Judy Tobben, parade co-chair.

Informational meetings for parade participants are scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, both beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bank of Washington, fourth floor meeting room.

A representative from each group having a float is asked to attend one of the meetings, Tobben said.

Parade applications can be picked up and returned at the Downtown Washington post office.

For more information, people may call Mary Kay Daugherty, 636-448-4568; Danny Tobben, 636-667-7215; and Judy Tobben, 314-952-1878.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. May 24 in Downtown Washington. The finale of the Battle of the Bands competition will be held during the 175th anniversary picnic which immediately follows the parade at the city fairgrounds.

The picnic will run from approximately 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. A wide variety of activities are planned for young and old. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.


Tobben said all parade participants are required to have decorations on their entries which reference Washington’s history. All floats must be built on a flatbed and not on the back of a pickup truck.

No political entries and no alcohol will be allowed in or around the parade.

An optional judging contest will be held for the floats, and prizes will be awarded. The first-place float will win $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

Awards will be announced at the anniversary picnic at the fairgrounds.

Battle of the Bands

The entry deadline for the Battle of the Bands competition has been extended to Monday, May 12.

To enter, bands should make and post a YouTube video of them performing.

Preliminary rounds will take place on Facebook and the finalists will perform on stage at the fairgrounds during the city’s birthday picnic.

Approximately 75 percent of the band members must be students at a Franklin County school.

Videos must be at least two minutes in length, but no longer than six minutes. Videos should contain at least one complete song. The judges will be looking for creativity.

Songs on the video submissions, as well as songs to be performed at the picnic, must be appropriate for a family environment.

The grand prize is a private performance by the band for their family and friends at Otis Campbell’s in Washington.

Bands should send a link to their video, along with the band/group name, all performing members names and ages, a contact name, phone number and email address to

The 175th committee has a Facebook page,, where residents can stay up-to-date on activities.

Updated information also will be provided on Washington’s Chamber of Commerce website at

To contact the committee, email

Rodney Stoyer is the chair for the Battle of the Bands. River City Music is an event sponsor and fliers can be picked up there.