Shelly Prenger walked in the Harvest Festival parade last year with parents, students and teachers representing Tozer Primary School as the principal of the school celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Shelly’s husband, Tom Prenger, walks or rides in the parade every year passing out Denver Broncos/college football magnet schedules. Compliments of the Bank of Colorado in Windsor, the bank that Prenger is the president of, those schedules are a must for any sports fan.
This year’s Labor Day parade on Monday will be different for the Windsor couple, though.
Tom, 53, and Shelly, 52, will be riding in the parade together this year representing Windsor as the grand marshals of the 91st Harvest Festival celebration.
“They were chosen based on their involvement in the community, Shelly’s involvement in education and her awards that she’s received in the last year for her involvement at Tozer, and obviously Tom’s involvement with his business at the bank,” said Casey Johnson, chairman and parade coordinator of the Harvest Festival.
The Prengers said there are a lot of deserving people in Windsor who could have been selected.
“We are honored to be asked. You do what you do,” Tom said. “I’ve always had the saying that if you live and work in the community, you better put something back and help people.”
The Prengers moved to Windsor in 1991 and raised three boys — Tony, 26; Mark, 22 and Chris, 20 — in Windsor. Tom and Shelly are involved in the schools, community and their Windsor church, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.
“We are very honored. We do wonder why we were chosen because we believe that being a part of the community is giving back and giving of your time,” said Shelly, who received the 2012 Reba Ferguson Memorial Rookie of the Year Award for elementary school principals throughout Colorado on July 26. “We love Windsor. It’s about our community and the people in it. It’s not about us. Our kids have grown up in Windsor. It’s a great place.”
Living in Windsor for more than 20 years, the Prengers appreciate how important the Harvest Festival is to Windsor.
“It’s a really nice thing for our community,” said Tom, the president of the Windsor Community Foundation and former president of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. “They do a first-class job on it. We have such a nice community to have it in. We have a park that has all the stuff set up, the fireworks, the dance and the run. They do a lot of stuff. It brings a lot of people into our community.”