Canal Days is almost here and that means a big parade. And one of the big draws of any parade is the marching units, whether it is a band playing or a unit twirling batons, waving flags, or dancing their way down the parade route. One such group that was present at many parades in the 60’s and 70’s was the Golden Girls.
According to information provided by Doris Buettner, the Delphos Golden Girls Parade and Drill Corps was formed under the direction of Cheri (Turner) Tussing in September of 1967. It consisted of twirlers, ages 3-16, from Delphos and the surrounding area. Within a few years, the group had grown to over 100 members and so a separate senior division of 25 girls ages 12-16 called the Flash-Ettes was formed. Performing in many area parades, competitions, halftime shows, pageants, variety, and nursing home shows, they received over 150 outstanding awards and trophies. They were the 1977 State and National champs in both the Juvenile drill team division and the Juvenile parade corps division of the World Twirling Association. The museum has on display 2 uniforms worn by the Golden Girls as well as their 1977 State and National trophies.
In addition to our regular hours from 1 to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays, the museum will be open during Canal Days from 5 to 9 on Friday night, 12 to 9 on Saturday, and 12 to 5 on Sunday. We now have an elevator for handicap accessibility to all 3 floors.
To add interest to our expanded and renovated canal museum, we will be having demonstrations, “hands-on” activities, and a special display for Canal Days. Check the Canal Days insert in the Herald for more details.
Printed in Delphos Herald September 8, 2012