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Another successful Heritage Appreciation Day held

September 9, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

The third annual Heritage Appreciation Day at Wilson Brewer Historic Park was a huge success. The weather was perfect for the outdoor event. We had many vendors for the Flea Market, and a nice assortment of cars and motorcycles for the Car Show.

There was a steady flow of visitors going into the buildings. One of the favorite exhibits was in the Depot, where people could see the last three machines manufactured at Electrolux, all signed by the workers. Joyce Lateer was on hand, representing the workers from the plant, showing the visitors pictures and scrapbooks going back many years. This display is honoring all the people that ever worked in that building, going back 70 years ago.

The kids enjoyed riding Smiley the Train, and they could get stickers and pencils from the Webster City Police Department and the fire engines. Everyone enjoyed seeing a teepee. The local Boy Scouts camped at the depot park this weekend. They started early Saturday morning preparing the chili for chili dogs, and the aroma was enjoyed by everyone all over the park. They served great grilled food, as well as baked goods made in iron skillets. Tim Adams was the winner of the Art Sculpture Contest.

The Heritage Hunters were on hand to help you research family history. The Noon Kiwanis provided games for the kids, including sack races, three-legged races, and egg and spoon races. As the afternoon got warmer, the big hit was the Boy Scouts "water blasters." The Scouts let kids help them fill plastic bottles of water, then, putting them on a contraption, they would pump air into the bottle with a bicycle tire pump. After the pressure would build, the bottle would fly into the air. Once in awhile the launch would fail, and, to the delight of the kids, they would get wet. The day was perfect for sitting at a picnic table in the shade and enjoying the music provided by a DJ, eating the great food, visiting the historic buildings, and watching kids have old-time fun.

I would like to thank the following people for their hard work and for making this event a success: A huge thanks to all of the volunteers that helped clean, organize, and set up displays, be hosts in the buildings and at the coffee and gift shop tables, and to Nancy Kayser and Jennifer McCollough for putting together the new brochure for the museum, as well as a newsletter. A special thanks to the Webster City Police Department, the Webster City and Kamrar Fire Department, The Hamilton Heritage Hunters, and the organizations that set up tables for their group. And finally, a thank you to our local Boy Scouts for doing a tremendous job again this year.

Cheryl Patrou

Webster City



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