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Local Heroes 4th of July Weekend is Back!

March 1, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Time to mark your calendars! The Local Heroes 4th of July Weekend official dates are Sunday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 4, 2023. It all begins at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District with a flag raising and the annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 2. The Local Heroes parade, organized by IVCBA and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, follows with the IVGID kids bike parade kicking it off on Southwood and ending on Incline Way at the Village Green. The Community Fair on the Village Green begins after the parade. The Beer and Brats event, sponsored by Incline Tahoe Foundation and Incline Spirits & Cigars, takes place at Aspen Grove next to the Community Fair.

Monday brings more celebration of our Vets with the Recognition Luncheon sponsored by Cornerstone Community Church and the Flag Retirement Ceremony on the Village Green. Tuesday is the 4th of July!  The annual IVCB Veterans Club Pancake Breakfast at Aspen Grove starts the day.  The drone Sky Show on the Ridgeline Ball Fields is the finale and promises to be bigger and better than last year. Travel North Tahoe Nevada is the lead organizer of the Sky Show and is looking for donations from the community. The activities of the USAF Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) from the 129th Rescue Wing are still being finalized.

Organizations, please start planning your entry in the Local Heroes Parade and Community Fair!

IVCBA.org will have all the latest information and how to participate. Volunteers will be needed! It is not too late to add events to the schedule, email info@ivcba.org for more information.

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2022 Local Heroes Parade Marshall – AJ Banford, A Seasoned Veteran

July 1, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

The Local Heroes parade organizers are proud to announce that AJ Banford has been selected as the 2022 Parade Marshal.  He is a longtime resident of Incline Village and a member of the Incline Village Veterans Club.

AJ Banford is a 1962 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He took his commission in the US Navy and served a combat tour in South Vietnam, flying Huey gunships for the Navy Seawolves HAL 3. He received the following medals while serving; Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medals, and Combat Air Crew Wings.

After serving in the Navy, AJ moved to Incline Village and worked with Boise Cascade. In 1975 AJ accepted a position as an adviser to the Saudi Arabia National Guard. In 1976 AJ became partner and general manager of the North Shore Club Casino. Three years later he formed The Radford Company, a full service, independent mortgage company, based in Incline Village; which he has owned and operated for forty-three years.

As a three-time-wounded warrior, he volunteers his service as a counselor for the Veterans Administration’s PTSD rehab program in Reno. He is a member of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans club. He lives in Incline Village with his wife Karen Dennison.

The Local Heroes parade is on July 2 at 10 am. It starts at 893 Southwood and continues along Southwood to Incline Bowl where it turns left on Incline to the Village Green. The parade is organized by IVCBA and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline. Many people are involved in planning it, but Jeff Sheldon, who, along with his wife Pam, was involved with running the Rose Parade in Southern California, is the acknowledged leader of the parade staging and execution.

Note: Every year the Local Heroes Parade committee chooses a local veteran to be honored as the Parade Marshal. Jeff Poindexter was last year’s marshal.

Get all the info re: Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration Weekend: https://www.4thofjulytahoe.com

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