Longtime Castalia resident, Virginia Brown, is named Grand Marshal of Castalia Tractor Day Parade

Virginia Brown was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Castalia Tractor Days event. She is pictured above with the bench that was donated to the Castalia Park in memory of her husband Charles and son Charlie.


Virginia Brown, who has lived in Castalia for 54 years, will be the Grand Marshal of this Sunday’s Tractor Day Parade. As Grand Marshal, Virginia is happy to represent the community she loves.

Virginia and her late husband, Chuck settled in Castalia to raise their family when he was employed by Winneshiek County. She said, “We knew we wanted to live in a small town and Castalia seemed like a great place to raise our kids. I have lived in the same house on Greene street ever since we moved to town.”

She said, “I grew up in Ashmore, Ill. but I felt at home in Castalia right away. I feel honored to be the Grand Marshal of our town’s celebration. This community means so much to me and our family. My life here has been very good.”

Reflecting on her years in the community, Virginia noted that she found work right away in Castalia. She said, “Mel and Laverna Schopp, who owned the locker in town, knocked on the door one day and asked me if I would be interested in a job wrapping meat. I worked for them for 24 years until the business burned down. It was a good job and they were easy to work for.”

Read the full article in the June 6 edition of the Postville Herald.