Harvest Festival, Centennial Celebration coming up soon

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Harvest Festival, Centennial Celebration coming up soon
COMING TOGETHER — Thursday morning members that are working on restoring “the clock” put in brackets to hold it in place on the Production Credit Building at 4th and Main. The clock is scheduled to be in place for the Conrad Centennial celebration with a dedication on Oct. 2 between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Jim Greer was driving the front end loader, donated by Front Line Ag. George Tornga and Phil Broesder were on the platform and putting in the brackets while Mayor John Shevlin, Francis Erickson and Harold Olson were down below helping to direct traffic. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   The annual Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival is just about upon us, kicking off on Oct. 3 with lots of fun activities.
   Get your rope out and show some Conrad pride and enter a float in the Main St. parade. It will get underway at 11 a.m.
   Call the Pondera County Extension office at 271-4054  for more details and in the meantime, help bring the Wild West to town, get up a float and win a prize. You can also contact the CofC at 271-7791.
   There will be a motor show with trophies given out and prize money awarded. Your vehicle can also be in the big parade.
   This year the motor show will be on Main Street and run from noon to 4 p.m. Contact Gerald Miller at 289-0510 for more information.
   It is not too late for vendors of arts, crafts, organizations and fund-raisers to join in for the Harvest Festival. Sign up through the CofC by Sept. 18 and join in the celebration.
   One of the super activities is the cook-off event. This year it has the moniker of, “Way Beyond Beef and Bison Cook-off.”
   It is open to individuals or teams and is not limited to beef. The winner will have bragging rights to the traveling trophy and a $75 CofC gift certificate.
   One of the big, fun events is the “Kiss-N-Squeal” contest. It is not too late to nominate someone for the right to kiss a pig.
   There is a new twist this year; the person with the lowest amount of money in their bucket will get to pucker up, get into hog heaven and smooch the piglet. Oh, hot dog!
   In conjunction with the Harvest Festival is the 100-year Conrad Centennial Celebration which starts on Oct. 2 and goes on for Oct. 3-4.
   On Friday at about 5:30 p.m. the “Clock” will be dedicated in an opening ceremony at 4th Ave and Main Street. The clock will be hung on the Production Credit Building.
   Also on Friday there will be a pulled-pork-dinner at Meadowlark School from 5-7 p.m. and a tremendously cool dance at Norley Hall in Blue Sky Villa, 701 S. Wisconsin, celebrating 100 years of dance music.
   It will be a terrific time to come out and move your feet. This starts at 8 p.m. and goes until the witching hour of midnight.
   On Saturday, along with Harvest Fest is the Big Parade, the museum and library will have special historical displays, you can view “The Faces of Conrad” at Stockman Bank, visit a quilt show, buy that winning ticket for cow pie bingo, enter a bread making contest, or ride on a horse wagon.
   The Kiss the Pig winner will be announced in front of Olson’s Drug at about 4 p.m.
   The Pondera Medical Center is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner at the Meadowlark School from 4-6 p.m. After you eat, head up the street to the CHS gym and catch Wylie and the Wild West Show, along with his brother Erik “Fingers” Ray in concert.
   Wylie starts his yodeling show at 7 p.m. and just maybe, it could go on forever. Well, that might be a stretch.
   At 9:30 p.m., you can test your vocal cords with Karaoke at Ed’s Tavern, located at the corner of Front Street and 4th Ave.
   On Sunday there will be an ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. at Meadowlark School to round out the Conrad Centennial Celebration.
   At the opening ceremonies on Oct. 3, there will be more detailed information along with a map of where all the events will be held. The maps will also be available at different locations around town on Saturday.
   Gear up and get ready for a super fun time at the Centennial Celebration and Harvest Fest.