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Parade highlights native

8/25/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

LUCAS -- The 41st annual Adam's Apple Festival in Lucas included a tribute to a beloved native.

Five golf carts entered the event's parade to remember Henri Wenthe. The vehicles were decorated to honor Wenthe's hair salon and her favorite holidays -- Christmas, Halloween, Fourth of July and St. Patrick's Day.

The former mayor of Russell was known for driving her golf cart around town and partaking in the festival's parade, said Wenthe's great-niece, Cheyenne Meyer. She also painted faces at celebrations and organized a haunted house for Halloween.

"She loved kids. She loved everybody," Meyer said. "She was so nice."

Meyer remembered Wenthe as a close relative who helped with crafts and other activities.

Lynn Schneider, the festival's chairperson, said Wenthe's legacy was reflected in the parade.

"She was very active in our community with different events, and the main thing she always liked to do in the parade was drive her golf cart and decorate it up," Schneider said. "Every year, it was something different. We wanted to remember her."

Saturday's events also included a 5K run/walk, art exhibits, craft booths, a scavenger hunt, free barbecue and a talent show.