Page 1 of 2By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Conrad tossed a party over the weekend and the whole world came to help celebrate. OK, that’s a slight stretch, it just seemed like it.
Nevertheless, the celebration of the town clock and the 100 year birthday of the city made for an amazingly fun weekend.
The “Big Party” began with a clock dedication held under the clock at the corner of 4th Ave. and Main Street on Friday.
The town clock was first put up in 1927 and came down in 1958 and rested at the Peputin farm until 2007 when it came back to Conrad where a core of volunteers worked, and raised funds for two years to get in order in time for the 100th anniversary of Conrad.
Following the dedication a stage coach driven by Gerald Bruner and Thales Mullennax was held up by band of ice cream bandits.
The Pondera Players put on a skit for over 1,000 people crowded around for the dedication. Players included Kit Finlayson, Dr. Dick Kinyon, MaryJane Kinyon, Pete McKeone, Cynthia Ries and Brad Berthelson.
Following the skit, a sea of humanity descended upon Meadowlark School for a pulled pork dinner put on by the Shooting Sports Club. Later in the evening the Pondera History Association hosted a dance of 100 years of music at Norley Hall. If that wasn’t in your plans, maybe bingo at the Horizon Lodge was.
And we were just getting started. The Centennial Committee in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and the Harvest Fest event had a full slate of activity planned on Saturday for Conrad’s birthday.
The Centennial Committee was chaired by Marla Bruner and included George and Cheryl Tornga, Bob Moritz, Bev Widhalm, Catherine Kellogg, Alice Garman, Betty Olson, Jeanette VanLuchene, Terry Utterback, Byron Grubb, Everett Snortland, Jodie Weisgram and Barbie Killion.
The day started with the Parade of Ages that was just incredible. Floats that were entered showed a lot of imagination and work. Stockman Bank, Brown-Fichtner and the Garden Club floats were just majestic. The Shriners bag-pipe players and CHS band were both grand additions. The towns of Dupuyer and Valier both had floats honoring Conrad on its 100th birthday which were really neat.
Two blocks of Main St. and a portion of 4th Ave. were blocked off to traffic for vendors and crafts people to set up and for a car show that had 48 entries.
There were impressive special historical displays at the Conrad library, the Transportation Museum and Stockman Bank, the latter a photographic display of the “characters” of Conrad that was a real trip down memory lane.
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