Marlyn Faber

Mary and Marlyn Faber will be the grand marshals of this year’s Dutch Days Festival, which begins next weekend in Fulton, Ill.

Two local residents will serve as grand marshals of the annual Dutch Days Festival next weekend.

Dutch Days committee members on Friday named Marlyn and Mary Faber as this year’s grand marshals.

Fulton Mayor Larry Russell will present the Fabers with a symbolic key to the city as part of the festivities. The committee chooses honorees based on making significant contributions to the community in a variety of ways and over an extended period of time.

Marlyn worked at the Fulton State Bank for 37 years. He served as a Fulton Township Cemetery Trustee for 26 years and was its treasurer.  He also served as a treasurer for the Fulton Red Cross Chapter and the Fulton Flood Control District.   

Following retirement, he served on the Central Bank Board of Directors. Marlyn was a long-time member of the Fulton Kiwanis Club and delivered “meals on wheels” for many years.  He has been a lifetime member of the First Christian Reformed Church, serving as a deacon and was the church treasurer for nine years.

Marlyn continues to give service to the Schmaling Memorial Library as a board member and has served as its treasurer for 40 years. He is a current member of the Whiteside County Regional School Board, the Community Cares Fund, the city of Fulton Revolving Loan Committee and a trustee for a local foundation.

Mary worked at Drives, Inc. for 18 years. She was a member of the Fulton Junior Women’s Club and the Fulton Women’s Service Club for many years.

Mary is responsible for cataloguing all of the artifacts at  the Fulton (Martin House) Museum and summarizes daily visitor logs at the Windmill Visitor Center and the Windmill Cultural Center.

She also is a volunteer at the Windmill Cultural Center and the Fulton (Martin House) Museum.

Mary and Marlyn were married in 1957 and have two children, four grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Dutch Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at Heritage Canyon and downtown Fulton. The parade is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday.