At 91, Mary Kattenhorn's calendar is daunting.

At 91, Mary Kattenhorn's calendar is daunting.

This year's Independence Day grand marshal fills her schedule with traveling, volunteering and family, but she's cleared some time to preside over the July 3 parade.

This isn't the first time Kattenhorn has been up for an award.

"I've been volunteering since the '90s," she said. "I have a plaque (the city) gave me in 1998. It's a citizen's service award."

Kattenhorn also has received the President's Volunteer Service Award every year since 2005.

But it's the title of grand marshal that has gotten her added recognition.

"It was quite a surprise because my name had been put in for the leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day. I missed out on it, but it was just swell because it rained that day," she said.

At the Dublin Community Recreation Center where she volunteers, Kattenhorn said fliers have been put up heralding her title of Independence Day grand marshal. Other volunteers and recreation center visitors have taken notice.

"Its nice things like that that make you feel good," she said.

Kattenhorn was chosen from a group of former grand marshals and Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider.

"Anyone can nominate someone. The applications are online year-round," said community events coordinator Mary Jo DiSalvo. "For Independence Day we want it to be a community person who has volunteered and shown patriotism. We normally get several nominees that are worthy and it's always interesting because when you go over (the applications) there are a number of people in the community that are givers. There are so many good people doing good things every day."

Much of Kattenhorn's time volunteering with the city is spent keeping up with 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

"I do preschool gym. I have great-grandkids that don't live here in Ohio, so I can play with other people's kids and have fun," she said. "I think it keeps you young."

Kattenhorn was born just outside of Dublin; she said her family's farm sat on Wilcox Road where the Noor Islamic Cultural Center is now located.

As the city celebrates its bicentennial, Kattenhorn said she's seen changes.

"When I first moved to Dublin we didn't have what we have now. We have a lot more people here now and it has grown tremendously, but everybody still comes out (for the parade)," she said. "(Dublin) has gotten a lot larger and a lot more improvements as far as buildings and the high schools. It's a lot different, but there's still that camaraderie."

Kattenhorn's family will get to experience that camaraderie this weekend.

"(All my family) is coming to see me in the parade," she said, adding that some will come from Pennsylvania. "We have four generations in each family. It'll be nice and I'm looking forward to it."

The parade steps off from Metro Place at 11 a.m. Saturday and follows Bridge Street east into Historic Dublin. As grand marshal, Kattenhorn's responsibilities include judging the float-decorating contest.