For our golden 50th Anniversary, we have something special in store for our annual parade. Read on for all the details!
Master of Ceremonies
New Albany, IN, September 28, 2017– Emmy award winning Sportscaster for WLKY, Fred Cowgill, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming 50th Anniversary “Harvest of Gold” Harvest Homecoming Festival. Mr. Cowgill has been the Sports Director at WLKY for 31 years and was named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2016. Mr. Cowgill also has the honored distinction of being the winner of The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Dean Eagle Award. .
Parade Special Guests
Chris was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft and was part of their Super Bowl XXXV championship team against the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Louisville. He also had brief stints with the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League, and a 5-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
Pat Graham won Mr. Basketball in 1989, despite competition from several of his classmates. He was one of two McDonald’s All-Americans in the class, alongside Greg Graham. Kentucky and Indiana both made it to the wire in Graham’s recruitment, before a recruiting scandal in Lexington made Indiana – his likely choice anyway – an easy pick.
Coach Joe Hinton
Coach Joe Hinton coached 41 years altogether and collected 594 wins. He was Floyd Central’s first basketball coach in 1967 when the school opened and four years later took the Highlanders to the state finals. He also took the 1989 team to the final four.
Parade Grand Marshals
Camille Wright Thompson is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist. Wright won three gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City, including the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly events, and as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
NAHS 1979 Graduate. In the high jump, twice won sectional twice regional, once runner-up and in 1977 state champion. Holds the state record for high jump at 7’-1 1/4”
Attended the University of Alabama on scholarship, was five time All-American, and in 1980 was the NCAA High Jump Champion.
Jim and Beverly Padgett
Padgett Inc. was founded in 1962. Providing Crane Services and Manufacturing products Worldwide. Padgett’s philosophy of hard work, well-maintained equipment and his dedication to honest and fair treatment of customers and employees is the formula that has created a business that is recognized internationally.
Coach Angie Hinton with the 1998-99 Girls State Basketball Champs
Lady Bulldogs Coach for 12 years. Winning 5 sectionals, 4 regionals, 1 semi-state and the 1998-99 Girls State Basketball Championship with a 26-0 record.
Coach Jim Shannon with Mr. & Mrs. Langford
34 years coaching, 20 at New Albany High School, NAHA winningest boys basketball coach. 2016 All-USA Indiana Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Won-10 sectionals, 2 regionals, 1 semi-states, and the 2015-16 Boys State Basketball Championship. Coach Shannon will be accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. Langford, Romeo Langford’s parents.