Martin West knows all about the Windsor Harvest Festival celebration.
West, 59, served as the Windsor Harvest Festival parade committee chairman for seven years, and will be the main attraction in the parade Sept. 2. The Windsor businessman was named the grand marshal for the 92nd annual Windsor Harvest Festival, which begins Saturday and continues through Labor Day.
“I think it’s a big honor to be the grand marshal,” said West, who had a float in the parade for 20 years. “To be recognized for everything I’ve done over the years, it’s a big honor. It came as a real surprise to me.”
A native of Fort Collins, West has owned his own real estate business since 1982 when he bought out Doug Jochum’s business and then changed the name to West & Associates in 1984.
“I’ve been living the dream ever since,” West said.
West, whose business is located at 905 Main St. for the past 26 years across from Windsor Middle School, raised two daughters in Windsor, Marissa and Kaeli. West will be riding in the parade with the both of them.
West has been involved in the Windsor Optimist Club as past president two times and currently as a board member. He’s also been a member of the Weld County Housing Authority, an original member on the committee to get the Windsor Lake trail completed, a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Greeley Association of Realtors for 32 years and was on the Multiple Listing Service Board for nine years.
“I’ve always enjoyed giving back to the community because Windsor’s been really good to me,” West said. “We just have a really good community and it keeps on getting better and better.”
Harvest Festival committee chairman Casey Johnson said West will make a great grand marshal.
“He was a good choice because of his continued involvement with the community,” Johnson said.
West said there is a lot of hard work from volunteers who put on the Harvest Festival, and that the parade is something special.
“A lot of people devote a lot of time, energy and money into this thing,” West said. “It’s one of the nicest parades there is in the area. I’ve had people come up to me from way out of town. One lady came up to me one year from Broomfield and said she would never miss the Windsor parade. A lot of people from out of state have come up to me and said, ‘This is the nicest parade we’ve been at.’ There is just a lot of variety. It’s just a really nice, All-American town parade.”
To be recognized for everything I’ve done over the years, it’s a big honor. It came as a real surprise to me.
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