Jerry Boatwright Chosen as the 2017 Watermelon Festival Parade Grand Marshal

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MONTICELLO, FLORIDA, MAY 30, 2017 — Monticello, FL has hosted the Watermelon Festival for more than 66 years as homage to Jefferson County’s economic and agricultural history. The Festival takes place in downtown Monticello with a parade, pageants, a car show and - of course - watermelons. Each year the Festival Committee makes an open call for nominations for the Parade Grand Marshal, an honor bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to the community. This year, the Festival Committee chose FMB’s Jerry Boatwright whose generosity and graciousness are the spirit and heart of our community.

A lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a Vietnam Veteran (US Air Force), Jerry is FMB’s Senior Vice President and City Executive, serving more than 42 years at the bank. In addition to his leadership at FMB, Jerry’s contributions to the community are equally significant. He is currently the treasurer and former president of the Monticello/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and is active with and held key positions with the Kiwanis Club and the Watermelon Festival.

“Monticello and Jefferson County are fortunate to have Jerry in the community. He is always lending a hand whether as a board member, volunteer or financial expert,” said FMB CEO and President, Ian Donkin. “Supporting local organizations, schools and clubs, and creating a positive future for the area are Jerry’s strongest attributes. He is well-rounded with all his accomplishments and continues to achieve great heights with everything he sets out to do. I can speak for everyone at FMB when I say that we are truly blessed to have him on our team. He is the essence of what it means to be a leader in the community. Congratulations, Jerry!”