Legendary coach honored as parade grand marshal

CONRAD – It was quite a Saturday and another honor for David Lee, who has racked up plenty of them in his lifetime. The retired BCLUW High School hall of fame coach in both boys basketball and girls softball was grand marshal of the Conrad Black Dirt Days parade.

“It’s great to be a part of this community for this number of years and it’s an honor to be in this position,” Lee said as he was riding in a convertible in the parade Saturday.

The parade was a hit featuring a wide array of entries, from a person in a bee costume, to a group in Renaissance garb. The parade also featured the Class of 1993 in a boat and an appearance by the Class of 1988.

Festival Chair Angie Martin said she was pleased with how the two-day festival was going and the participation from the community. She said many from the community thought it was appropriate to honor Lee with the grand marshal distinction this year.

“With his recent retirement it seemed like a really good choice, especially this year,” Martin said. “Everybody seems to have stories they tell about how he impacted their lives.”

Later in the day across town, teams were playing in the David Lee Classic, the new name of the annual BCLUW softball tournament.

“That’s pretty cool,” Lee said. “It’s a tremendous honor.”

Black Dirt Days concludes with one event Sunday – a 10 a.m. community worship at BCLUW High School.