Theme was “Aberdeen – Small Town – Big Heart.”
With the weather cooperating beautifully for the sixth year in a row, the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce estimates serving about 2,100 people at the free breakfast Saturday, June 21, to celebrate Aberdeen Daze. The number was down 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 golf scramble Tuesday, June 17.
The second annual lawnmower rally-poker run was a huge success with both the riders and the crowd. The chamber also held the ping pong ball drop for the third year in a row. Also, the Aberdeen Arts Council held their youth theater camp during the week for the third year in a row. The camp started Monday, June 16, with registration. They met everyday during the week to practice and then gave two performances on Saturday. They performed the musical “Pirates of the Curry Bean.” It was directed by Amber Tilley.
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. This year the chamber added a craft sale for area craft people inside the old Villager building.
Simplot Food Division held a Spudwood Derby as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. People of all ages enjoyed making and racing the cars made from potatoes.
The Aberdeen Daze Dash had a good turnout. Participants walked a 2.5 K or ran or walked a 5K, along a designated route. Part of the course for the runners went along the section of the Gem Trail. Winners were: in the men’s 5K – Travis Klassen – first place, J Ed Christiansen – second and Taylor Potts – third; in the women’s 5K – Ruth Klassen – first, Laurel Schroeder – second and Aimee Elliott – third; in the 5K walk Lura Schroeder – first, Candice Dursteler – second and Alesha Vollmer – third; and in the 2.5K walk two women tied for first place. They were Amber Tilley and Candice McWhorter and Derek Tilley was third.
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: Ed Miller winning a sprayer, Tia Farrens winning a wheel barrow, Mark Beck winning a pressure washer, Tyrel Nelson willing a 32 inch television set and Martha Korrell winning a barbecue smoker.
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. Jack Poulson won the Best of Show award this year.
Many high school reunions were held in conjunction with the celebration.
The parade boasted many entries and drew a large crowd. Wally and Maurine Driscoll led the parade as the Grand Marshals. The theme for the parade was “Aberdeen – Small Town – Big Heart.” The Country Kitchen float took first place, Stokes took second and Country Health Store took third.
This year the arm-wrestling was held. 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. It takes a lot of participation and work from many individuals to make the day go smoothly. Many people were willing to serve diligently to see the day through.