History lives on in El Paso as the town celebrates a bygone bar and its owners’ family lineage.

During El Paso Days Aug. 13-18, grand marshals Judy and Bill Brookshaw and honorary citizens Diana and Terry Fischer will represent the town and Rush River Bar in the grand parade on Aug. 18.

The Rush River Bar, which did business on Highway 72 across from the Ellsworth Rod and Gun club, was owned by Diana’s parents from 1948 until 1957 when Bill’s parents took it over.

The two couples were honored to have been chosen, they agreed, and Bill said it was special considering their connection with the El Paso Days’s theme.

“We couldn’t say no because our parents would have liked this,” Bill said.

Coordinators Denise and Merlin Blaisdell help choose the grand marshals, honorary citizens and the theme for El Paso Days. The themes focus on historical features or businesses related to El Paso. The Blaisdells said the Brookshaws and Fischers were a great fit for this year as they were “local from the get-go.”

Diana said she is looking forward to El Paso Days because it is always fun and many people join in with the small community to celebrate.

This year kids up to 12 years of age can participate in a new event, Western Wisconsin Pedal Tractor Association state-sanctioned pull at 4 p.m. Aug. 17.

El Paso Days kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13 with the 15th annual El Paso Community Club Crisis Fund golf tournament.