Wow! Were you at the Port Edwards Fun Fest recently? If you were, then you know that this eighth such event was the biggest and best ever that Chairwoman Page Clark has coordinated.
But it wasn't just Page's time, talent and effort that accomplished this feat. Page had the help and cooperation of the devoted and generous support of the Port Edwards Lions Club, church women's groups and more than 100 village volunteers.
It all started with the traditional classic car cruise and ice cream and pie social on Friday night when 24 gallons of ice cream 28 pies and more than 200 brownies were served before, during and after the vintage car parade. And it was all free in keeping with an established tradition for this event.
Saturday's events took place under a perfect summer day, and visitors from as far away as England visited the park where there were craft booths, food, antique car and tractor displays and food. Visitors could watch wood carvers demonstrate their talents, blow the whistle on miniature steam engines and enjoy delicious food. Children engaged in free games that offered prizes and free swimming in the village pool. Then there was more food!
The Fun Fest Committee thanks the cooperating organizations and the people who attended the event. Profits generated at the Fun Fest will be donated to the South Wood Emergency Pantry Shelf.
Oh, and if you are interested, here are the answers to the trivia contest that offered prizes to three winners.
Port Edwards had the nickname of White City. John Gavre's horses used for collecting garbage were Claude and Maude. The name of the high school is John Edwards High School, and the street between Washington and Jefferson is Adams.
Two village dairies were Helke's and Karbarg's; the name of the bowling alley was Paper Inn; and there are four generations of he Casey family living in Port Edwards.
Seven trustees serve on the village board, and the street car line ran down Wisconsin River Drive and Third Street. The skating rink was on the corner of Second and Market streets while the livery stable was across the street where Complete Control or Current Technology is presently.
Nekoosa Edwards operated a Ford Trimotor airplane in 1929; the high school was built in 1932; and sewage was dumped into the river prior to 1941. Ick! Three streets terminate at the homestead of their namesakes: Alexander Avenue, Verbunker Avenue and Bruenner Road.
The Paper Inn originally was located where the Domtar administration building is today, and then later in the YMCA basement. Water in Nepco Lake originates in Buena Vista Creek or Four Mile Creek and springs. The first fire station was in a shed adjacent to the mill.
None of the people in the answers are buried in the John Jones grave on the river bank, and Marshall Buehler is responsible for making up the trivia questions.
How did you do?