Chandler citizens united to save the day during a superhero themed party and parade on Saturday.

The festivities were apart of the Chandler Lions Club annual Chandler Celebration Days, meant to highlight their small, yet proud town.

Things kicked-off on Friday night with the kid contests at the Chandler Community Center and strayed over until Saturday, where people played bingo, sang karaoke, jumped in bounce houses, took advantage of a free photo booth and ate up some mean BBQ.

For Kathy Titzer, owner of Titzer Farms in Chandler, the celebration was incredibly personal, as her daughter, 12-year-old Daisy Titzer, was crowned Teen Miss, and had the opportunity to ride in the parade on Saturday, which also included the Kapperman Post 44 Honor Guard, floats, old cars, jeeps, and tractors.

"We are so proud of her. She did a great job and we're excited to watch her," Titzer said. "We're local business owners. So, it's nice that she can represent our family, her school and community."

Tony Rhoades, president of the Chandler Lions Club, said they've been an organization for 14 years and have hosted the Celebration Days for the past 12 or 13 of those.

"The parks board originally put it on and we volunteered to help them one year, and we've been doing it ever since," he said.

Keeping the younger generations in the town is a huge goal of the celebration, Rhoades said.

"The Lions Club is not only made up of people in Chandler. In fact, over half of our members are from outside of Chandler, but they are interested in keeping Chandler a good, strong community and keeping the youth in mind to give them activities," he said. "We need to have entertainment for the kids so they have something to do."

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Rhoades said he just wants to bring the community together and believes the Chandler Celebration Days accomplishes that goal.

"And then we get the kids and parents to mingle," he said. "It just gives them a feeling of fellowship," he said.

Rhoades said the community knows there's organizations like the Lions, Chandler Kiwanis and the churches who work together to make the community the best it can be.

"Year after year, we spend a lot of our money on the school and the library and churches, so it's a lot of youth oriented stuff," he said. "But, we try to make the community a better place for the kids and people in general."

Although Rhoades, 68, wasn't born in Chandler, he's almost a life-long resident, having moved to the town in 1957, while in the first grade.

"I moved out for a few years in the Army, but I've been in Chandler or just outside of Chandler my whole," he said. "It's not as big and hectic as Evansville or Boonville. Chandler is just a real good little community to raise kids. It's home."

Luckily, they won't have to worry about Daisy Titzer leaving Chandler anytime soon.

"She was born here and raised here and wants to be a Chandler Elementary School teacher," Kathy Titzer said. "She has her heart in Chandler."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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