Sheridan Springfest parade honors veterans

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 10:34 am on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Commander Terry Dowdell of St. Louis leads rifle man Frank Sawdy of Stanton, American flag bearer Eldon Shattuck of Carson City, POW flag bearer Dale Walter of Edmore, rifle bearer Herb Bergsma of Sheridan and Officer of the Day Arlen Jenks of Sheridan during the Memorial Day parade Monday in Sheridan. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

SHERIDAN — Warm weather did not slow people from coming to Springfest this Memorial Day weekend.

Flea market, carnival rides and children relays in the park were just a portion of the activities that more than 4,000 spectators got to enjoy during the four-day festival. VFW Ladies Auxiliary member and Springfest volunteer Jean Petersen said the festival was a success.

“We had a very busy weekend downtown,” Petersen said. “The kids activities exceeded our expectations.”

The Memorial Day parade was the buzz Monday as people gathered along a parade route lined with American flags flapping in the warm wind.

Abby Stoneham, 9, of Sheridan, and her friend Joslyn Gage, 9, of Cedar Springs were ready for the parade.

“I like the girls waving on the floats,” Gage said.

Joslyn Gage, 9, of Cedar Springs, blows a bubble to advance in a bubble gum blowing contest Monday as part of the Sheridan Springfest. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Stoneham was looking ahead after she and Gage won prizes for blowing bubbles.

“We are all going straight to the carnival after the parade,” Stoneham said.

Gage and Stoneham were among the children who won free carnival rides in the bubble gum contest.

The girls stopped thinking about the carnival when the sirens rang loud through the streets as the parade began. This year the parade theme was on the POWs-MIAs.

Ladies Auxiliary member and Springfest volunteer Sue Mocherman said the only real bust this weekend was the bingo they had planned.

“We just didn’t get the turnout we were hoping for,” she said “But we were happy to be out here today and see all these people for the parade.”

After the parade, a memorial service was held for all those who served and died for this country.


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