EHRHARDT -- Cecilia Copeland Kane and Sam Copeland, siblings, have been tapped to serve as the grand marshals of the 2017 Schuetzenfest Parade on Saturday, Aug. 19, in Ehrhardt. They are the children of the late Cecil Copeland, a long-time Ehrhardt merchant, and Kathleen Copeland.

Kane and Copeland, Ehrhardt natives, moved to Bamberg in 1958. Both graduated from Bamberg High School. Copeland went on to graduate from Clemson University with a degree in civil engineering in 1969. He taught and coached for 23 years after serving as an officer with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Copeland worked as sports director and sports anchor at WBTW-TV in Florence for eight years and as sports information director at Winthrop University in Rock Hill for six years. He and his wife, Ann Ellerbe, live in Rock Hill. They have two children, Thad and Bradley, and two grandchildren.

Kane graduated from Columbia College in 1973 with a degree in Speech Pathology. She spent 30 years as a Delta Airline flight attendant. She and her husband, Brian Kane, live in Jacksonville, Florida. They have three children, Courtney, Michael and Patrick, and four grandchildren.

Both Kane and Copeland have donated land to Ehrhardt over the years, including the property that is now the Copeland Ball Field Complex. They also donated the property on Main Street where their father's old store was located for the town's Copeland Park.

The siblings return to Ehrhardt each year to maintain the park and decorate a tree located in the park for Christmas.

The following Schuetzenfest events are planned this week: Bingo Night, Monday, Aug. 14; Taste of Ehrhardt, Tuesday, Aug. 15; and the Live Auction, Thursday, Aug. 17. The main festival activities are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 19, including the parade, children's amusement rides, vendors, food concessions, games, entertainment and street dances.

For more information about the 2017 Schuetzenfest, call 803-267-2204.