Real flowers to be showcased in float design
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A field of flowers will be transformed this weekend when the
blooms are placed strategically on a float that will grace the
Versailles Pumpkin Show Parade on Saturday.
Literally over 650 marigold plants with five different shades
are growing in the field at the home of Frank and Eileen LaGreca
on Farmers Retreat Road. The plants were started by Bill
Nuhring in his greenhouse in Batesville.
Eileen knows how many plants there are because she planted every
one of them. She began creating the spectacular float in her head
earlier this year. The float is a continuation of the 150th celebration
of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean.
Saying shes definitely not in this alone, Eileen noted that
Barbara Eades and Connie Hunger have helped with the float project
that will be complete with members dressed in period costume from
the 1800s. The ladies are all accomplished seamstresses
and their artistic abilities will be displayed at the parade on
The flowers on the float will be
one-of-a-kind for the Pumpkin Show event. Saying the float is
not modeled after many of those that boast flowers in the Rose
Bowl Parade, Eileen said she just thought, California has
real flowers, why cant we?
The impressive float will carry two of the oldest members of the
St. Paul Lutheran Church congregation, Lawrence Green and Alta
Diem, both in their 90s. Diem will be one of four generations
of her family to participate in the parade entry with the youngest
baptized member being her great grandson, Elijah Stenger.
Much detail depicting the churchs early beginning will be
displayed as those who planned the entry have left no stone unturned
to make this a celebration to remember.
Everyone has come together to make the job of chairman of the
Sesquicentennial committee an easy one for Frank LaGreca. This
group of people has been amazing - everyone just took a project
and ran with it, he noted.
The float committee could be found this week at the home of David
and Ruth Green near Versailles, putting finishing touches on the
parade entry. The flowers will go on last and they are praying
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT
Pictured working on the spectacular float for the Pumpkin
Show Parade on Saturday are David Green, left, and Eileen
LaGreca. When finished, the float will be transformed
into an old fashioned church scene, covered with hundreds
of marigolds in five shades. The parade entry is part
of St. Paul Lutheran Church's 150th celebration at Olean.