FULTON, Ill. — Larry and Linda Russell, a couple known for cheerfully serving and supporting the community, are leading this year’s Dutch Days parade as its grand marshals.
Larry is a former Fulton mayor and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club and also is a Whiteside County Board member and Second Reformed Church elder. Linda “sets the standard for nurturing personal relationships,” according Barb Mask, a member of the Fulton Dutch Days Committee.
“Together our 2018 grand marshal couple supports the community in a myriad of ways. Larry has performed as a wooden shoe maker, demonstrating for years at our annual festival, or he’s hauling chairs, picking up cans, cleaning up roadways, fundraising, repairing anything and everything,” Mask said.
Linda, who has a love of music, spreads her talent throughout the community — in church and in singing groups.
In the name of all things Dutch, the couple dedicates time to the city — Larry as a miller at de Immigrant Windmill, and Linda as a volunteer at the Windmill Cultural Center.
The 44th annual festival will be May 4 and 5, and this year will honor George De Bey. De Bey is best known for the building of several areas, like the 1884 construction of the once Northern Illinois College women’s dormitory. The strong Dutch connection in Fulton is also in part accredited to De Bey. Mask, a Fulton native, said her great-grandfather’s naturalization papers are signed by De Bey.