It’s Saturday,August 24, 1968. The day is sunny and warm. It’s the last day of the BIG event in Fairview, the celebration of 100 years of existence as a borough. On this day an Art Show opened in the Fairview Legion Hall at 10 a.m. Registration had begun at 8:30 a.m. The Area Lions Club sponsored a Bicycle Safety Rodeo on the Elementary School Grounds at 9 a.m. and the Antique Museum in the I.O.O.F. Hall opened at 10 a.m. It closed in time for all to go outside and watch the parade.
The BIG, BIG event of the day was the parade. It was (and still is) the biggest parade ever (EVER!) held in Fairview. It went on for hours – – just didn’t seem to end! It began at 2 p.m. and was sponsored by the Fire Department. It began at Parker White Metal and moved east to Lake View. The queen had her own float. One month before there were already 100 entries registered! On that Saturday, the judging stand was set up in front of Weislogel’s IGA. After the parade the Legion sponsored a fish fry and corn roast on their grounds, which began at 5:30p.m. and went on through the evening. A later report indicated that 455 lbs of fish and 455 lbs of French fries were consumed that evening.
The winning floats were presented by first place- the Fairview Fire Department and 2nd place- the St. James Lutheran Church (right,below).
Here are some of the other entries:
What a great day it was. What a great time it was. And, after the dinner at the Legion Hall, it was over. Memories!!