Diane Beall has been chosen to represent the city of Dublin as Grand Marshal for the 2008 Independence Day Festival. Beall, a 30-year resident of Dublin, felt honored to be considered for the position.
" When the mayor called to tell me I was chosen, I was very surprised," said Beall. "There are so many people who do so much for the Dublin Community, it was very special to me to be selected,"
Beall currently works at Ohio State University as the Administrative Manager for the Office of Legal Affairs. She has worked at OSU for 25 years, raised four children and still managed to stay active in the community. "Community involvement has helped me to balance my life and to meet many people in the Dublin community and beyond", Beall stated.. Among other activities, Beall has served on the Emerald Ball committee for several years, is a board member and admissions chairperson for the Dublin Irish Festival, volunteered for the Ryder cup, served on the Dublin Charter Review Commission and is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
In order to be considered for the Grand Marshal position a person must have made a significant contribution to the Dublin Community and demonstrated a sense of pride through the development of community and community values. The Grand Marshal Committee (consisting of past Grand Marshals such as Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and City Manager Jane Brautigam) then decides the person who is most deserving of the esteemed position.
Beall has many responsibilities as Grand Marshal of the festival this year that include leading the parade, judging the float decoration contest and judging the table decorating contest during the Taylor Dane and Rick Springfield evening concerts. Beall, however, is excited just to be a part of the day. "The Dublin Independence Day Celebration has always been one I have enjoyed," explained Beall. "When the fireworks are lighting up the sky and the patriotic music is playing, I get a feeling of appreciation. My hope is that everyone feels it too."The Dublin Independence Day Festival got its’ start in 1968 when the Dublin Volunteer Fire Department organized the first celebration. Then in 1986, the city began sponsoring the festival, making it a community tradition.
This year’s Independence Day Festival promises to be an exciting time for the family with a fish derby, parade, canine Frisbee disc contest and concerts in the evening. "The parade is one of the best around and the day’s events are always a great time," said Beall. " I am glad that so many people still take time out of their busy schedules to stop and celebrate the 4 th of July and to realize how fortunate they are to live in America."