Fall is in the air and for Dwight that means many are making final preparations for the annual Harvest Days celebration. A high point of the weekend is the Harvest Days Parade which takes place on Sunday of the event. This year, the 2016 Harvest Days Committee has selected the Scott family in honor of Paul and Eunice Scott as parade marshals to lead the procession.Paul was born in 1931, raised in Dwight and was a 1949 Dwight Township High School graduate.He served in the U.S. Army during the Marshall Plan, stationed in Germany.
He formed Scott Brothers Contractors, with his brother, Don Scott.Eunice and Paul were married on Valentine’s Day in 1959. For many years, Eunice worked for Dr. Aage Steiniche and Dr. Michael Cichon as a medical technologist.Eunice was particularly active with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and part of the quilting group.The Scotts raised four children, Karen Wilson, Susan Findlay, Julie Steichen and David Scott. The four will be riding in the parade this year as grand marshals.Paul and Eunice Scott are remembered for the Scott Subdivision on the southeast side of Dwight.The Scott subdivision was developed in the 1960s, and continued expanding the residential property for nearly 30 years, according to Julie Steichen.
But it is not just a housing development that is Dwight’s legacy from Paul Scott. His legacy is related to this year’s Harvest Day Theme, “Dwight is Out of This World,” as he was involved with the rocket construction at Renfrew Park, the site of the festivities this year.Scott’s work can be seen all around Dwight from the concrete for the rocket in Renfrew Park, to his efforts to renovate the train depot, to the brick apartment buildings on South Franklin Street.Dwight’s Harvest Days festival runs from September 15 – 18. The Harvest Days Parade kicks off at 12:45 p.m. on September 18 with the well-loved GABR Illinois Basset Waddle followed by one of the area’s largest and most popular parades.