Ashmore Ag Days

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Ashmore Ag Days Parade
Saturday, August 25 @10:00am

The Ashmore Ag Days Committee is proud to introduce 

Bill & Doris Richey as the 2018 Grand Marshals!!

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The parade lineup will begin at 8:00am, and judging will be promptly at 9:00. The staging area is on the EAST side of Ashmore near the intersection of S. Indiana and E. Walnut. Reserve your spot in the parade ASAP and your lineup position will be assigned. There will be limited parking in staging area. Additional parking will be available at the South Park.

Click Here for Parade Registration Forms

Parade entries can still register up until the day of the parade, but only those that pre-register are eligible to be judged. You must be in line and ready to be judged before 9:00.

These are the categories that will be judged:

  1. Floats
  2. Antique Cars & Trucks
  3. Antique Tractors
  4. Bikes, 4-wheelers, mowers, etc. (decorated)
  5. Horses
  6. Misc. (anything that doesn’t fit in any other categories)

All groups and/or organizations are welcome to walk in our parade. There will be no alcohol allowed at any time before or during the parade. This will also include the staging area. If alcohol is found, you will be asked to leave immediately and not allowed to participate in the parade.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Parade Director Debbie Dunning at 349-8471 or

Meet Bill & Doris Richey
(2018 Grand Marshals)
(More info coming soon!!)

Meet Rob & Tami Ogden
(2017 Grand Marshals)
In the words of Tami's mother Marylee Coffey
along with Mayor Kurt Crail & Clerk Jackie Freezeland

Ashmore is a great place to grow up and raise children. That’s just what happened with Tamara “Tami” Ogden. Born and raised here, Tami Coffey grew up walking beans, selling sweet corn, and she attended Ashmore Elementary School where she would later work as a substitute teacher.

Growing up, Tami said she would never stay in Ashmore, but she ate her words after meeting and marrying her husband Robert “Rob” Ogden 23 years ago. Together they bought a home in the heart of town and raised 3 children, Faith (19), Cora (18), and Shane (14).

Tami went on to serve 20 years as the Village Municipal Clerk and water collector. In this role, she was instrumental in countless community projects, including

  • Construction of the new water tower
  • Honoring Ashmore’s military servicemen with signs along Rt. 16
  • Ashmore Days Committee
  • Co-Organizing the annual citywide rummage sale
  • Streamlining the village’s water billing process and implementing billing/accounting software
  • Community Public Safety Administrator (aka Risk Management Coordinator)

Rob Ogden is very patriotic and has been in the National Guard since High School. He has been deployed numerous times and is proud to continue serving his country. Rob is also a very handy craftsman, and he has donated handmade dough bowls and other wooden items for various community fundraisers.

Together, Rob & Tami are very active in their church. They also enjoy running, boating, and antiques, and they spend as much time as they can in the great outdoors. Both have spent many many hours organizing and working the annual Kenneth Coffey, Sr. Memorial races, which are held each year during the Ashmore Ag Days festival.

The Ogden and Coffey families are honored to see Rob & Tami as Grand Marshals for this year's festival. We've watched them pour their time and hearts into this community, and Ashmore is blessed for all they have contributed. Rob & Tami have recently purchased and remodeled a new home, and we are sad to say that they have moved to Sidney, IL to be closer to her new job. Don’t worry, though. We all know that you can take the Ogden’s out of Ashmore, but you’ll never take the Ashmore out of the Ogden’s!

Meet Carol Bradford
(2016 Grand Marshal)
In the words of her daughter, Danelle Walsh...

There are not enough words to describe what a selfless, sweet, and loving woman that my mother Carol Bradford is. She goes above and beyond for anyone in need, especially the citizens of “good ole” Ashmore, Illinois.

My mom spends countless hours participating in activities and volunteering service to her community. The following is a few of the activities she has had a hand in: 

  • she has served as a trustee on the Village board for ten years, 
  • is chairman of South Park Committee, 
  • helped EIU students paint a mural at South Park, 
  • is the Red Cross blood drive coordinator for Ashmore, 
  • organized Polar Express Christmas program, 
  • is the Ashmore Community Center coordinator, 
  • is a long-standing Ashmore Ag Days volunteer, and 
  • donates her crafts and paintings to Ashmore Mentoring Program and Ashmore Ag Days to raise money for the community.

Mom enjoys spending her free time with her ever-growing family and friends alike. She is Grandma and Mom to her own family, but is considered Grandma and Mom to many kids and adults around the community. If you pass by her house on Charleston Road, you will likely see her out in her yard perfecting its beauty, or out in her craft shed doing what she loves. Her house is usually the topic of conversation when anyone comes to visit, as she has spent years perfecting the charms of her home. What's more, she is the only one I know that thinks, “Cleaning is fun!”

My Mom is, hands down, the most selfless individual one will encounter. She always has a smile on her face and enjoys bringing those smiles to those who surround her. Mom is always quick with a joke or creative idea. She is so proud of all of children and grandchildren. She is always bragging to anyone who will listen about all of her “babies.”

As mentioned before, there are not enough words to describe this woman, she is truly a blessing to those around her, and her recognition as Grand Marshal is such an honor for her. It is something she will never forget. Thank you to those who chose my Mom to represent our community; it is very well-deserved, and I know she will do her best to continue to make Ashmore proud!