Darrell Whitney will serve as the grand marshall for the 2013 Frontier Western Celebration Parade on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Whitney was one of the founders of the Frontier Western Celebration, among his numerous other involvements.
"It (Frontier Western Celebration) was started by Jean Plummer, myself, Kelli Rice and David Ellis," Whitney said. "We kind of started talking about it around Jean's dinning room table.
"We started it with the idea of trying to have some type of community activity that would bring the ag community and business people together much as we did in years past when we had the cattlemen's dinner," he continued.
From that first meeting, those involved continued to grow, as did the ideas.
"It was an idea that we felt would be good for El Dorado, and I think the popularity of it has been such that people have enjoyed it," Whitney said. "I have been very happy to see from those simple beginnings what it has turned into.
"It has been fun for me just from the satisfaction of seeing it grow and develop. It has been satisfying also to see the people involved in it and the friendships I've made.
"I am very proud to have been selected and appreciative to the parade committee for selecting me."
Whitney's involvements go far beyond the festival. He also was one of the original group that made a pitch for El Dorado to become a Main Street City and has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce, El Dorado Inc., Main Street, Kiwanis, South Central Mental Health and Friends of the Lake.
He also has served on the boards of the El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau, Prairie Port Festival, Butler County 4-H Board, Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt and Willis Scholarship Foundation.
Whitney has been involved in numerous community projects over the past 25 years and has been a true supporter of the El Dorado community, said Main Street Director Ashley Roedel in her business column in the El Dorado Times.