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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Woods are 2018 Parade Marshals

John and Jill wood will follow a family tradition leading the Waitsburg Parade


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Jill Smith, age 9, shows off her family's 24-year-old horse Tony in front of the Waitsburg Grandstands in 1940, as she prepares for her first parade.

WAITSBURG – Jill Wood couldn't hold back the tears when she learned that she and her husband John had been selected the 2018 Waitsburg Celebration Days parade marshals.

"It means a lot because of the history. We lived Days of Real Sport from the time the girls were selected to court in the spring until the end of September. Days of Real Sport was a huge part of our lives," said Jill, who spent 20 years chaperoning DRS courts with John by her side.

John and Jill have strong community roots. They were both born and raised on wheat and livestock ranches near Waitsburg, and community involve...

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