Photos by TERESA CHIPMAN story by RODNEY D. BOAM
The second annual Oneida Stake Academy Heritage Day was held Thursday in Benson Park. The opening ceremony honored the oldest man and woman in our community. The oldest man in Franklin County the committee could find was 99 year-old Floyd Tracy.
Honored as the eldest lady in the county was 100 year-old Anna Swainston Condie. Verda Jepsen Qualman is 10 days older but was unable to make an appearance at the celebration.
A new, small chorale performed well-known patriotic favorites and a flag ceremony was led by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Randy Jackson won first place with an apple pie that was auctioned off to Joe Ward for $1,000. Second place went to Elva Winward’s apple pie and third place was Kellie Dunston, Blueberry Crumb with homemade whip cream. The pie contest and auction brought in $1,720 for the restoration of the OSA building. Eleven pies were judged.
The judges for the pie contest were: Alan White, president of The Greater Preston Area Business Association; David Cox, manager of Lewiston State Bank; Daniel Parish, Direct Communications; Jo Thomas, Suppose Quilts; and Paul Judd, Great American Real Estate. Marty Mickelson was the auctioneer.
In addition to making butter, a spinning wheel, antique tractor show, listening to local musicians, playing pioneer games and other activities, this year the American West Gunfighters added a bit of excitement to the afternoon with a shoot out and quick draw.
Musical entertainment was provided by various soloists and members of the Sagebrush Strings and Hearthside Chorale.
The different groups got together for an evening concert right after dinner. A dance with live music and an old-fashioned ballroom type dance with swing music from DJ Alan White finished off the evening.
An alumni booth was set up for anyone who ever taught or attended a class within the Oneida Stake Academy in the 113 years it was used.
Antique tractors were displayed. Melissa Draper showed how to use a spinning wheel and Earl Nelson how to make harnesses.
A wonderful array of performers and music filled the park at this year’s event.
Proceeds from the celebration will go towards the restoration of the Oneida Stake Academy building as a cultural center/museum of local history.
The Oneida Stake Academy will also be presenting a pageant on Aug. 8 and 9, at 8:30 p.m. in front of the academy building, It is called “Within These Walls.”
The script, written by Cecelie Costley and directed by Danielle Dunn, brings local history alive.
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