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Like corn and butter, Cornfest parade marshals go great together

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Todd Mishler
September 8, 2011
— Phil and Phyllis Putman are avid travelers, having visited all 50 states. However, they were born and raised in and have resided in southwestern Walworth County all of their lives. So, it only seems fitting that the high school sweethearts, who’ve been married for nearly 57 years, were chosen to be grand marshals for this year’s Darien Cornfest parade.

After all, the 51st annual celebration is scheduled Friday through Sept. 11, and the Putmans have attended or been involved in the event almost every year. Thus, they and the festival have become part of the community’s heritage.


The Putmans agreed that the activities never grow old, and they are looking forward to their roles as grand marshals, although they had reservations at first about the title and accompanying extra attention ... CONTINUED

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