main news story
Storm Lake Community Service Officer Kavan Named Spectacular Parade Grand Marshal

May 03, 2021 8:00pm

Longtime Storm Lake community service officer Pom Kavan has been named Grand Marshal for The Star Spangled Spectacular Big Parade.

The 2021 Spectacular theme is “A Salute to Hometown Heroes.”

Kavan was hired as Storm Lake’s Community Service Officer in 1994, following a two-year period as a paraprofessional for Storm Lake Community School District. Prior to moving to Storm Lake in 1990, Kavan graduated from Spencer High School and earned her degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, less than a decade after emigrating from Laos with her family.

“To me, and to so many others, the Star Spangled Spectacular represents freedom, opportunity, and the chance to celebrate the country we call home,” says Kavan. “I love working with people from all different backgrounds.”

Tony Pertzborn, Star Spangled Spectacular 2021 commodore, says the committee was excited to name Kavan its 2021 Grand Marshal. “Pom has been a friendly face in town for years, and after hearing more about her dedication to the community through Chief Chris Cole, we knew she would be a great representative of what being a Hometown Hero means.”

While Kavan may not consider herself a hero, she is honored to represent the Storm Lake community as its first Asian-American Star Spangled Spectacular Grand Marshal. “There are many people in this community who have worked hard to make Storm Lake a safe, prosperous place, and we’ll keep working together through our actions.”

Kavan serves on the SALUD board, and also volunteers as a member of the Lao Women’s Organization in town. Her Tai Dam heritage allows her to serve as a Laotian translator. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, walking, working out, listening to music, and spending time with her family. Kavan has two grown children, Jesse and Samantha.

Michael Pertzborn, commodore, encourages local hometown heroes to join The Big Parade by filling out the entry form at www.starspangledspectacular.net. Healthcare workers, members of the military, first responders, and others are welcome.

The Big Parade will resume its annual route. The event’s annual button contest will represent the “A Salute to Hometown Heroes” as well. Submission directions and a full schedule of events will be posted at www.starspangledspectacular.net.