Thanks to community efforts, Logan Fire Company parade to return Saturday

A Bellefonte tradition will continue Saturday, as the Logan Fire Company’s annual Fourth of July parade hits the streets.

Celebrating its 41st year, the parade will take place at 5 p.m. Lineup and apparatus judging will be at 3 p.m. The parade will begin near Bellefonte Area High School, head down Bishop Street and end at Talleyrand Park.

In addition to the parade, there will also be vendors and live entertainment including a performance from the Bellefonte Band at Talleyrand Park.

Logan had canceled the parade because of financial difficulties earlier this year. But, thanks to community donations, the parade is back on.

The fire company said the department received more than $6,000, including more than one-third from donations spearheaded by Bellefonte resident Bonnie Leathers.

“When we heard it wasn’t going on, we were heartbroken,” Leathers said.

Leathers is a lifelong resident of the borough and said every year she makes the parade a family event.

“We enjoy the parade. It’s a chance to have a nice family gathering especially with the grandkids,” said Leathers, a grandmother of seven.

She said when she heard the fire company had canceled the parade this year, she wanted to do something to help.

“We put out a notice and then put up donation jars,” she said.

In one day, the $2,500 goal was raised. By the end of the week, she said, more than $4,000 was raised.

If each resident could donate, even as little as $1, they would reach their fundraising goal, Leathers said.

“Luckily we did. It shows the character in this community.”

This spring when the money was raised, Leathers said the fire company and the community were “heartened.”

“I think they really understand now that the community appreciates their efforts,” Leathers said. “This parade is a tradition that me and my family have attended for longer than I remember and I just wanted to keep its small-town tradition.”