Audrey Snyder poses next to her wall art, hand-painted by her son-in-law for Mother’s Day. Audrey is one of the five grand marshals chosen for the Canton Day Off celebration this weekend. ELIZABETH ABRAHAMSON/NEWS-RECORD
Audrey Snyder poses next to her wall art, hand-painted by her son-in-law for Mother’s Day. Audrey is one of the five grand marshals chosen for the Canton Day Off celebration this weekend. ELIZABETH ABRAHAMSON/NEWS-RECORD

Humbled by the thought of being chosen as one of this year’s Canton Day Off grand marshals, Audrey Snyder is also honored and grateful for the recognition of her community.

Originally from Albany, Minn., Audrey and her late husband, Vane, moved to Canton after he arrived home from his time spent overseas. Vane, a Canton native, wished to move home to work at the Fillmore County Nursery, a business that had been in his family.

Audrey was 27 at the time. Audrey and Vane soon began farming together. Busy with both the nursery and farming, the two still found the time and energy to raise 10 children; the ages of their children span 20 years.

Currently, Audrey’s hobbies include fishing and traveling to visit her children and 20 grandchildren, who live all over the country. Her most recent venture landed Audrey in Des Moines to attend her grandson’s White Coat ceremony, an introduction into medical school.

“I love to travel and see my family. They live all over, and that’s okay. It’s fun to be able to see them as often as possible. Seeing my grandson’s ceremony was great. It is quite an accomplishment for him,” said Audrey.

To Audrey, the honor that comes with being chosen as a grand marshal for the Canton Day Off celebration feels wonderful, however, she modestly expressed that Canton-born residents are more deserving of such a title.

However, since becoming a member of the community, she has devoted many volunteer hours to it, especially at Assumption Catholic Church.

“I received tremendous support after Vane’s passing. I try to help our community out whenever and wherever I am needed,” noted Audrey.

She is needed and appreciated weekly, as Audrey volunteers at Meals On Wheels through the church.

Audrey looks forward to many of the events during Canton Day Off, including the bread and pie bakeoff and the bed race.

She isn’t the only one of her family members who has the opportunity to be in the parade. Her daughter will also ride on a float representing her storage units that can be found in Canton.

Canton Day Off organizers have scheduled many events that will keep Canton residents and visitors busy; however, Audrey most looks forward to her house filling up with children and grandchildren who will be there to attend festivities.

“It’s times like Canton Day Off when I get to share my home once again with many of my children,” said Audrey. “It’s lived in and not always easy to make room for everybody, but I enjoy spending time with everyone who can visit.”