LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – When Small Town America celebrates one of its own, it holds a parade. And that's what the City of Lawrenceburg (pop 5,020) is doing Saturday for its Olympic hero.
The Ohio River town where Nick Goepper grew up and Perfect North Slopes, where he learned to ski, are hosting a parade and public celebration in honor of the 2014 bronze medalist.
For a 19-year-old who was the toast of New York City during a five-day media tour after returning from Sochi, you might think a .8-mile parade without confetti raining from skyscrapers wouldn't be a big deal.
You would be wrong.
"To have a parade is a great honor. I've been looking forward to it," Goepper said. "It's amazing the amount of support I've gotten from the people of Lawrenceburg. Wherever I go, I'm always proud to say I'm from Lawrenceburg, Indiana."
Goepper and his family will ride on the city's 1940 Seagrave fire truck, according to Kelly M. Will, city marketing director.
Perfect North will have a float, and there will be about 20 units in the parade, she said.
Lawrenceburg is about 27 miles west of downtown Cincinnati on U.S. 50.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of High and Walnut streets, proceeds north on High Street across U.S. 50 and ends at Lawrenceburg High School.
A celebration in the high school gym will include a special announcement by Dearborn County commissioners and presentations by Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr, Hollywood Casino and Perfect North Slopes.
WLW Radio host Jim Scott, who lives in Dearborn County, will emcee.
Will said the presentations (a key to the city, perhaps?) were a secret.
Goepper will sign autographs, and donations will be accepted for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.
Goepper told WCPO he wants to use his celebrity to promote good causes. He said he has two close friends with cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
"I just did Chicago Polar Plunge last weekend to support Special Olympics. That was really cool. It felt good to support a good cause like that," Goepper said.
PHOTOS: Nick Goepper at the Olympics