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Chatfield Western Days “spurs fun for all”

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

By Barb Jeffers

Western Days 2013 in Chatfield, Minn., was held August 8 - 11, was packed full of events the entire four days of the celebration with activities taking place from one end of town to the other and everywhere in between.

Wit’s End Theatre presented its production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” each night of Western Days which had many people in Potter Auditorium laughing out loud.

Thursday evening the Chatfield Fish and Game Club held open trap shooting.

Bingo was played in the City Park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the seats under the bingo tent always seemed to have people in them. An ATV Trail Ride took place Friday leaving from the Trail Head and the Minnesota Horse and Pony Pullers were also in town.

A book sale was held at the Pavlish Building and First Aid/Blood Pressure checks were available in the City Park by the Chatfield EMS.

A carnival by Cody Amusements was in the park from Friday to Sunday with rides and games for the children to enjoy along with many types of food and treats throughout the park. Food was available in all shapes and sizes over Western Days weekend.

Some of the food choices were the R-4 Meat wagon serving steak sandwiches, the Pony Express, Methodist Church Stand, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Pioneer Presbyterian also having stands with many selections to choose from.

The Beer Garden, held at the Fire Hall, is a very popular place during Western Days and is sponsored by the Chatfield Fire Department and held at the Fire Hall. A Lions Club Hog raffle was an event scores of people wanted to be a part of to see if they had good luck.

Hanson Girls’ Concessions, Gleason’s Concessions, Chatfield Ambulance EMS, Stumpy’s pizza, and the “Squeeze Shack” brought even more choices. The VFW Chicken BBQ which never fails to satisfy was held on Saturday and provided a filling meal at a reasonable price. The Commercial Club got Sunday started off with a Pancake Breakfast which is a favorite of many residents.

The first ever Bandtown Friday Night Jam had groups and individuals sitting down to the enjoy the music along with the beautiful evening weather. Entertainment was provided by CBB Jazz Combo with Steve Strange, and Casey and the Good Timers. KROC’s Music on Wheels entertained a crowd at the Bernard Bus Garage which was sponsored by the Chatfield Booster Club and the Class of 2014. Also entertaining was the Luminator Lights Dance contest, sponsored by Sunshine Foods and Dairy Queen, which was fun for participants as well as viewers.

The Kiddie Parade on Friday evening was exciting for the children who smiled proudly as they walked, rolled, or strolled from the Chatfield Center for the Arts down the sidewalk and through the City Park filled with people.

Sisters Sedona Thompson, 3, and Aviana Thompson, 6, were two of the children who rode in the parade, sitting together in a wagon. Sedona and Aviana are the daughters of Michele and Josh Thompson of Chatfield. An eye-catching participant in the children’s parade was Tate Karver, 11, son of Amanda and Chris Karver of Chatfield. Tate wore what he described as a “morph suit,” which covered his entire body and was bright red in color.

Saturday had many events scheduled including a Horse Trail Ride sponsored by Eastwood Bank, Stampede races, a volleyball tournament, and a men’s softball tournament.

The Saddle Club held a Royalty Contest and Horse Show during the celebration and enjoyed the time with their friends and horses. An additional event which had hearts pounding was skydiving for those brave enough to give it a try.

The Grand Parade was held at 1p.m. on Saturday afternoon with crowds lining both sides of the street waiting and watching to see what was coming next. Lexie Eberly was the Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal was Gary Stevens and both rode in the front of the parade.

There were horses, cars, tractors, floats of all kinds and also Cody the Buffalo in this year’s Western Days parade with prizes being awarded for Most Creative Commercial Unit, Best Western Theme Unit, Best Saddle Horse Unit, Best Musical Unit and Best Horse Hitch. Sixteen month-old Sophie Welder, daughter of Carey and Krystal Welder was having a wonderful time watching the parade along with hundreds of other children.

The City of Chatfield was also honored to have the 48 foot mobile Riverine Force Vietnam Military Museum included in the parade and available for viewing in front of the VFW after the parade.

Following the parade the festivities continued in the park and around Chatfield. The City Park was busy with the Chatfield Brass Band playing in the band shell and then Kent Larson took the stage.

The Chatfield Historical Museum/Pease Museum was open for visitors on Saturday as was the Veteran’s Memorial Museum which gave visitors and residents a chance to slow down and get a sense of the past. An amusing Dunk Tank was in place at the Fire Hall which was sponsored by the Chatfield Fire Department.

The Chosen Valley Care Center hosted a “Stand Still” Tractor Parade outside the Care Center which brought residents of the Care Center and many visitors out to view the Tractors at their own pace. Tractors and Implement also filled the Olmsted Medical Center parking lot. The Tractor and Implement display was sponsored by FFA.

Saturday evening’s entertainment was the ever-popular Johnny Holm Band which gets the audience dancing and singing and having great time when they are in town for Western Days. The Johnny Holm Band was sponsored by the Chatfield Booster Club and the Class of 2014. The dance took place at the Bernard Bus Garage which is a perfect venue for such a large crowd.

Western Days 2013 began its final day with the 15 Annual Classic Car, Truck and Antique Motorcycle Show and there were many fine vehicles and motorcycles to see and hear. Bluff Country Hiking Club met at Groen Park and took a “hike” on the Lost Creek Trail.

At the Fire Hall on Sunday a bean bag tournament was held. Bean bag tournaments have become very popular in recent years and the teams enjoyed the games which were sponsored by the Chatfield Fire Department.

The Coin Dig, sponsored by Cody Amusements, was a blast for the kids who participated as was the Pedal Pull which was sponsored by Hammell Equipment and Computer Danamics. Sunday morning a Cowboy Community Church Service was held and was a new experience for many. An Armband Bicycle Giveaway was sponsored by Napa Auto Parts and Western Days.

A Golden Girls and Aerobic Dance and Square Dancing kept people moving and Brad Boice as Elvis got many attendees moving as well. The Polka Dots performed Sunday evening and the night came to an end with the fireworks display at dusk.

From looking at the crowds which were gathered everywhere around Chatfield during the entire celebration it seems as though Western Days 2013 was an unbelievable success and no doubt all who attended plan on coming to town next year to enjoy all of the numerous activities once again.

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