“Aberdeen -Yesterday, Today and Forever!”
With the weather cooperating beautifully for the fifth year in a row, the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce estimates serving about 2,300 people at the free breakfast Saturday, June 22, to celebrate Aberdeen Daze. The number was up 200 from last year.
The chamber started serving breakfast at 6 a.m. and they served until the line ran out, around 11 a.m. Residents and visitors patiently stood in line for a plate full of pancakes, hash browns, sausage, eggs, and a beverage of their choice.
Aberdeen Daze kicked-off early this year, with a co-ed softball tournament that ran for two week. The championship game was played on Saturday, June 22. The golf scramble followed, kicking off on Monday, June 17.
The chamber added an event to this year’s calendar for Aberdeen Daze. They added a lawnmower rally/poker run. The chamber also held the ping pong ball drop for the second year in a row. Also, the Aberdeen Arts Council held their youth theater camp during the week for the second year in a row. The camp started Monday, June 17, with registration. They met every day during the week to practice and then gave one performance on Saturday. They performed a musical that was locally written and directed “To Err is (Mostly) Human!”. It was written by Derek Tilley and directed by Amber Tilley. They both worked on the music and lyrics together.
Sidewalk sales are always a part of Aberdeen Daze and this year was no exception. Main Street was lined with sales and shoppers on both Friday and Saturday.
The Aberdeen Daze Dash had a good turnout. Participants walked a 2.5K or ran a 5K, along a designated route. The dash was sponsored by the Aberdeen Gem Trail Committee, the Aberdeen Gem Group, RoadID.com and the Aberdeen City Parks and Recreation Department. Part of the course for the 5K runners went along the section of the Gem Trail. Winners were: in the men’s 5K – Travis Klassen – first place with a time of 21:36, Cliff McCurdy – second with a time of 21:49 and Colin Brien – third with a time of 21:51; in the women’s 5K – Annie Schroeder – first with a time of 23:38, Deann Nelson – second with a time of 26:55 and Jeni Foster – third with a time of 27:02; and in the 2.5K walk two women tied for first place. They were Jolyn Corbridge and DeDe Nelson with a time of 18:22 and Tyler Moser was third with a time of 19:08.
Other times were: in the women’s 5K: Heather Pincock – 27:04; Anisia Bell – 27:38; Christie Evans – 27:42; Ruth Klassen – 27:47 and Ingrid Brien – 30:19. In the men’s 5K: Jody Phillips – 22:20; Mike Brosenne – 23:12; Wesley Selman – 23:23; Horacio Caldera – 24:20; Brian Schneider – 24:35; and Tom Salaiz – 26:34. In the 2.5K walk: Luann Lankford – 19:40; Lori Wahlen – 19:41; Jared Moser – 19:51; Lisa Pankau – 19:52; Jennifer Phillips – 22:55; Alesia Vollmer – 22:57; and Makenzie Pratt – 22:58.
The Aberdeen Youth Sports Association (AYSA) held a co-ed softball tournament over the past two weeks. Championship games were played Saturday. The team sponsored by Driscolls won the championship. Bauer took second place. Corbridge Oil/Wallace Drug earned third place.
The chamber drawing had a large number of prizes this year. Many of them were donated by area businesses. Winners of the top prizes were: Carol Mickaelson and Jared Balls winning a flashlight, Linda Balls – a wheelbarrow, Melissa Turner – a jacket, and Ed Miller – a barbecue grill.
Krehbiel’s Museum Toy Shed drew a crowd to their building. Visitors spent many hours looking at all the collection that Clint Krehbiel has spent over 20 years acquiring.
The car show, sponsored by Commercial Tire, was on Saturday. The classic car show was held in the LDS Church parking lot. Many people were seen walking through the parking lot to look at all the cars.
Many high school reunions were held in conjunction with the celebration.
The parade boasted many entries and drew a large crowd. Bruce Hauber led the parade as the Grand Marshal. The theme for the parade was “Aberdeen – Yesterday, Today and Forever.” The Simplot float took first place in the Best Aberdeen Daze Themed float. Country Kitchen float took first in the Traditional Category and the Aberdeen Arts Council Theater Camp float was named the best non-traditional float.
The Aberdeen Senior Citizen Center sold terriaki pork over rice lunch specials Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
This year the armwrestling was only for the youth divisions. They also drew a large crowd Saturday afternoon. Many tried to win at the competition.
The annual all-you-can-eat fish fry was held in the City Park with fish, fries, scones and salad.
The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce thanks all the merchants and community members and everyone else involved who helped to make Aberdeen Daze the success it was.