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Fiesta memories past and present
As I enjoy the Fiesta photo gallery in the American, it's easy to see the Fiesta organizers have again successfully planned and executed an incredible celebration, with activities for all.
I recall when I was growing up and my family lived away from Montevideo — we didn't miss many Fiesta celebrations, especially the parade.
My parents are now in their mid-80s and although they do very well, getting around isn't quite as easy as it used to be. I was not able to come "home" for the parade this year, so I heard this account in a phone visit with my mom.
"Dad and I had decided we were going to watch the parade by the old armory so it would be easier. We just got situated and two people came by in golf scooters to tell us we weren't in a very good spot, because much of the parade would come in below the hill. They would give us a ride to a better spot, so we hopped on with them."
Mom tells this with a spark in her voice much like when she took me on my first ride on the "Bullet," I suspect some 50 years ago, most likely at the Fiesta carnival. She said the ride on the golf scooters was great.
Many thanks to all who worked hard to make Fiesta a grand celebration and many, many thanks for the extra special kindness of the guy and gal on the golf scooters. My mom summed it up when she said, with a smile in her voice that came from her heart, "Dad and I felt like we were the king and queen of the Fiesta."
Now that's the spirit of Fiesta that's written on our hearts forever.
Hello from the Bunns
Am sure that there are people that will remember us. After living in Minneapolis for about 50-plus years, this finds us at the following address: 9028 County Road 15, Del Norte, Colo. 81132.
Graduated from Montevideo High School in 1947, and in 1998 it was my pleasure to attend the 50th class reunion and to see all my classmates once again. Believe that was the only reunion, at least haven't heard of any others.
Page 2 of 3 - Our daughter, Brenda, is married to Don Hanna and the Hanna family has had the Elk Horn Ranch in the family for over 100 years. Don is a Presbyterian minister as is the father, Henry, and Don is the pastor at the church in Alamosa, about 30 miles from Del Norte. Del Norte and Fort Smith, Ark., have the distinction of being the most western-like towns and cities in the western part of the U.S.
Most people will remember us as performers, what with our act of magic, juggling and comedy performing all over the country (and the cities, too). We've performed from the hamlet of Lac qui Parle to the big cities of Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth. Still perform now and then, but not nearly to the extent we used to.
Woke up one morning and was 85 years of age. Don't even know how it happened, but it did.
In closing, we are happy to say we're not in any danger of the forest fires that Colorado has been getting lately. And as the sun sets in the west, we say aloha. Sincerely and entertainingly.
—Dean and Roberta Bunn
Del Norte, Colo.
Thanks for supporting circus
The Montevideo Lions Club extends a sincere thank you to our surrounding community for its support of the Carson & Barnes Circus held this past Saturday.
There was a great attendance at both shows, and by all appearances, young and old alike had a wonderful time. The smiles we saw as kids rode the elephants and ponies and watched the circus shows were priceless!
Bringing entertainment of this caliber to small towns requires huge community support, and it was a joy watching so many people work together to make this happen.
A very special thank you goes out to Wes Thompson and the Minnesota Valley Antique Farm Power & Machinery Association organization in graciously offering their site to hold the circus. This group of people could not have been more accommodating, and their beautiful grounds of Heritage Hill may be one of our area's "best kept secrets." It was a perfect location for the circus!
Thanks also to our sponsors for the event — Minnwest Bank, Kuhlmann Real Estate, Inc. and the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce's CVB (Convention Visitors Bureau) Board. Without monetary sponsors, events like this aren't possible, and we most appreciate their support.
Our Montevideo Fire Department provided fire trucks and crew to give the elephants a bath prior to the circus. The elephants loved it, and it was most entertaining for all the spectators. Thank you for sharing your time.
Thank you to local businesses who donated their products and services for the event: Tostenson, Inc., TA Lauritsen Septic, Cenex Agronomy, Culligan Water, Chippewa County, C.U.R.E., MN State Patrol — and to businesses who sold tickets for us: Bill's Supermarket, Minnwest Bank, KleinBank, Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo , Dawson Co-op Credit Union, KLQP FM Radio and Citizen's Alliance Bank of Clara City, Maynard and Granite Falls.
Page 3 of 3 - Also, thank you to the Montevideo American-News and KDMA Radio for publicizing the event.
Most importantly, thanks to area businesses that generously purchased tickets to donate to children, and for all the parents, grandparents and other caring adults who made the day special for a lot of children out there by the time spent together!
The Montevideo Lions Club was delighted to coordinate this event, and our share of any profits received from the circus goes directly to support local projects in our area. We are proud to be part of a community where so many work together to keep exciting things happening!
—Diane Halbmaier, president
Kellie Olson, event coordinator
Montevideo Lions Club