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Granddaughter of Scottsburg’s July 4th parade founder trying to save tradition

For Destiney Perkins of Scottsburg, the annual Scottsburg Fourth of July Parade was a time to spend the day with her grandfather and watch as he passed out participation ribbons to everyone in the parade. 

Since members of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department announced the parade’s cancellation last week, she has started a fundraising effort to save it. 

Perkins’ grandfather, Army Veteran Johnny Hatcher, was the founder of the annual event and would often celebrate his favorite holiday dressing as Uncle Sam in the parade. 

When the parade’s cancellation made front page headlines Wednesday, Perkins said the hardest thing for her was seeing her grandmother mope around the house because she knew how the cancellation would have affected her husband. 

In her efforts to save it, Perkins created a “gofundme” page at where she is asking anyone to donate what they can to support this event. 

As of Sunday, an anonymous donor had given $5. 

Perkins said this person left her a comment saying they wanted to be the “first one to donate because they would really miss the event.” 

While her fundraising efforts are off to a slow start, she said many young people have come up to her saying they would volunteer. She has told them to contact the fire department.  

Perkins said she just wants the tradition to continue to stay “alive.”

“I like that it brings a lot of people to a little town that no one knows. And it lets everyone get together to celebrate the holiday,” said Perkins who has attended the event since she was born.  

 Perkins said any donations given will help, and all funds raised will go to helping make the celebration possible this year.