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Crowds turn out for Holyoke’s 125th anniversary celebration June 14-16 PDF Print E-mail
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Seven men entered the beard contest Saturday afternoon as part of Holyoke’s 125th celebration and are pictured from left, front row, Steve Beavers of Holyoke, Rob Hinnegan of Fort Collins, Gerald Brown of Holyoke and Gary Kumm of Holyoke; and back row, Ed Hennigan of Fort Collins, Phil Wirges of Holyoke and Dominic Krogmeier of Holyoke.

Brenda Brandt and Marie Mailander embrace as they find out they are both winners for the vintage clothing contest Saturday.

Brandt’s pink hoop skirt and blouse date back to 1912. The outfit is owned by Nancy Berges. It was originally made in 1912 by Jim Engelker’s great-aunt for a Maypole Dance at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins. College girls made dresses of varying colors for the special dance. However, a typhoid fever epidemic broke out and six of the girls died. The dance was not held. More than 50 years later, the family asked Berges to wear it in a pageant at Ash Hollow in the late 1960s.

Mailander sewed her dress herself in 1988 to take part in Holyoke’s centennial celebration. Afterward, she hung it up in her closet where it remained for the next 25 years. In preparation for the 125th celebration she got it back out and since it still fit, she decided it was perfect to wear in the contest. She noted that it was suitable for the contest because in northeastern Colorado where the weather is dry and hot, women didn’t have much need for fancy dresses, so they sewed ones that could be worn to church and to picnics afterward.

Vieselmeyers’ Pioneer shed on the south edge of town and entertainment by Frenchman Creek Ramblers provide a perfect setting for Saturday night’s barn dance. Mary and Jim Tomky enjoy some time on the dance floor during the “Tennessee Waltz.”

Phillips County Players acknowledge melodrama director Penny Dockins, pictured fifth from left, at the end of Sunday afternoon’s performance of “Shawnee Lou, the Prairie’s Purest Dressmaker.”

Boos and hisses were appropriately yelled and hissed during the entertaining show which included Holyoke names and places just to make it interesting. The performance at the Peerless Theatre was a fine ending to the 125th anniversary celebration of the City of Holyoke.

Cast members of Sunday’s melodrama are pictured from left, Lemoine Ferguson, Maury Kramer, Anastasia Conklin, Ben Martinez, Penny Dockins, Eric Conklin, Jerry Brandt, Dolly Smith, Karin Kramer, Tristen Ferguson and Ashley Sullivan.

Gary Rafert of Amherst checks out a Mustang included in the Dandelion Daze car show Saturday, June 15 at the Phillips County Courthouse lawn.

Holyoke Swimming Pool manager Karla Pargas proves any decade is a great time to take a dip in the pool as she strolls down the parade route in her 1920s swimming suit.

Delanie Davis, at left, daughter of Dustin and Karina (Kramer) Davis, isn’t shy as she makes friends with Lauren Bergner and her puppy Lola during the pie and ice cream social Friday evening.

Photos by the Holyoke Enterprise

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Holyoke Enterprise June 20, 2013