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May 5, 1998

All the folks who gave their time and energy to arranging last Saturday’s Spring Fest and those other programs in Perry deserve a lot of praise and admiration. Their hours of preparation paid off by providing enjoyment, education and yes, bargains, for the rest of us who turned out to enjoy it all. It was a noteworthy happening and it provided hundreds of people with an excellent menu of major events to choose from on a day when the weather could not have been better. Despite an overnight shower and the rumble of thunder early in the day, the sun beamed down brightly as only it can on such a day in Oklahoma. In short, it was an altogether joyful occasion.

For the first time, several unrelated activities which normally occur here at different times during the spring were brought together on a single weekend. Spilling out over the courthouse park, around the square, at Perry Plaza and on the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum, this was a day that all ages could enjoy. It is a good example of what can happen in this community when cooperating groups work well together. We see this every September when the Cherokee Strip celebration rolls around. Now I hope this springtime event remains on the calendar to kick off another special time of the year.

It was great to see the Perry Memorial Hospital Health Fair agencies offering mostly free opportunities so we could check up on some vital signs; the Home & Garden Show coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce; the First Bank & Trust Co. Kids Klub parade; the Perry Main Street Antique Fair and the Classic Cars & Motorcycle Show in the courthouse park; the wonderful Rural Heritage Festival and demonstrations on the Cherokee Strip Museum grounds, coordinated by the curator, Kaye Bond, site attendant Clyde Speer, and assisted by the Noble County Historical Society; the special kids story hour at Perry Carnegie Library; plus the non-profit organization booths and the American Legion Post open house. On top of all that, participating merchants downtown and at Perry Plaza provided some special bargains and treats while their sales associates appeared wearing costumes from the 1950s era.

And in addition, the YMCA T-ball teams played doubleheaders on their twin diamonds just west of the Noble County Family YMCA building. At the museum grounds, youngsters from Morrison demonstrated an old-fashioned May pole dance and Peggy Haxton showed us how classes once were conducted in one-room rural schools like Rose Hill. A barber shop quartet sang, bands played, lunch was served and a very large crowd enjoyed it all.

There truly was something for everyone in this year’s Spring Fest lineup. The trolley car brought here for the day from Guthrie was a good idea. It carried passengers back and forth from the square to the museum with an intermediate stop at Perry Plaza all day long.

As usual, the classic cars and motorcycles in the courthouse park were shined mirror-bright and there was an abundance of them to capture the fancy of hundreds of viewers. Our first antique show in the park also holds promise of growing with time, attracting still more exhibitors from other towns. Antiques have caught the fancy of this country in a major way.

So, congratulations to all who participated in staging this event. You gave the rest of us a most enjoyable Saturday in Perry.