Owego, N.Y. - Merlin Lessler, notorious in Owego, NY as "The Old Coot" will be honored this year as the Grand Marshal for the 30th annual Owego Strawberry Festival. Mr. Lessler has been writing his "Old Coot" column for the Owego Pennysaver for 4 years. He is very excited to be leading the parade this year. "It's a great honor to be named Grand Marshal of the Strawberry Festival", said Lessler. Also making an appearance in this year's parade is The Hit Man Brass Band, an award winning Drum and Bugle Corp from Rochester, NY. Other great local bands include the Penn Dixie Band, Owego Free Academy Marching Band, Kirby Band, Maine Community Band, and the Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band. The parade will also feature floats, clowns, marching groups, a miniature train, horses, antique cars, and much more. The Strawberry Festival parade will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 19th. If you or your organization is interested in participating in the parade, please call Fred Ford at 607-687-1853. Whether you are in this thrilling parade or watching from the sidelines it is not an event to miss!