MALDEN | Porter County residents will be lining the streets Monday in Malden as the town has its 14th annual Labor Day Parade.
The parade, scheduled to start at noon at Ind. 49 and County Road 325 South, will feature 45 to 50 floats. There is no theme this year, but the grand marshal is Mary Ann Feller.
“We try to pick people that have done a lot for the community or have been in the community for a long time,” said Lee Kleist, co-chairman of the parade committee.
The parade is known as the “biggest parade in the smallest town,” and Kleist said people from Kouts, Valparaiso and even Hobart come to the parade every year.
The parade is the only Labor Day parade in Porter County, although Lakes of the Four Seasons is having a parade this year as well.
“Every year more and more people come to the parade,” he said. “When we first started the parade 14 years ago, we had more people in the parade than people attending.”
Malden’s New Hope Missionary Church will organize a community picnic after the parade. The picnic will take place in the parking lot of Morgan Township High School and feature food and games.
A new event this year is the Stop Drop and Run 5K, which will start at Ind. 49 and County Road 400 South. The race will start at 8 a.m., and all proceeds from the race benefit the Hoosier Burn Camp, which helps children who have suffered burns attend a weeklong camp.
“We wanted to do something to help the Hoosier Burn camp. We were thinking of different fundraisers and thought of a 5K since they’re popular,” Kleist said. “It costs about $1,000 for a kid to go to camp, so between now and next May we’re going to try and raise enough money for one kid to go.”
People can register for the 5K at 7 a.m. Monday, an hour before the race starts, or online at www.thtiming.com.