ABERDEEN — The entire town and then some came out for the final day of Aberdeen Daze celebrations Saturday. Mayor Morgan Anderson said organizers fed 2,100 people at the community breakfast in City Park and the rural town’s population is just over 1,900.
Anderson said the annual event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and it’s been going on for the past 30 years.
Local farmer and ranchers Wallace and Maurine Duffin Driscoll served as the Grand Marshalls for the traditional parade that drew candy catchers out in force.
Wallace grew up in Rockford and Maurine is a native of Aberdeen — the couple now reside on a ranch about nine miles north of the city.
“My great-grandfather settled the area in 1874,” Wallace said.
Member of the Aberdeen American Legion Post No. 59 served as the parade’s honor guard.
Commander William R. Meuller said the post is one of the oldest in the state. Currently Post No. 59 has 68 members.
Festivalgoers shopped sidewalk sales on Main Street and treated themselves to cotton candy and snow cones Saturday. And a craft fair at the Villager drew seven vendors and Wallace’s Drug Store sold ice cream as fast as they scoop it.
A vintage aircraft buzzed Main Street in preparation for a ping pong ball drop as ping pong ball collectors waited with bags ready. The balls were exchanged for prizes at the local Ace Hardware Store.
Commercial Tire hosted a car show in City Park that featured 50 classic automobiles.
Manager Ken Millward said the car show has been a tradition during Aberdeen Daze for two decades.
Auto enthusiasts strolled the parking lot of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adjacent to the park admiring the craftsmanship and work put into the cars.
Verl Hawes checked out a fully restored 1929 Ford Model T.
“I used to own one of these, my dad gave it to me,” Hawes remarked. “It had an advanced spark, and I advanced the spark, turned the key off and then turned it back on and blew off the muffler.”
Eric Brown with the Aberdeen Police displayed the department’s 2014 Dodge Charger — the muscle car has a V-8 engine.
“The state police have the same cars, but theirs have more bells and whistles than ours,” Brown said. “This is my sergeant’s car, I drive an Impala.”
Javier Torres brought his 1957 turquoise Chevrolet Belair out to show.
Torres works for Anderson Body and Glass in American Falls and he said it took him three years to restore the classic Chevy.
Showgoers voted for their personal favorite during the show.
Millward said the owners competed for trophies and the vehicle voted Best in Show will be featured on T-Shirts during the Aberdeen Daze Car Show next year. This year, PontZilla, a 1937 Pontiac, voted Best in Show during last year’s event, appeared on the backs of car show participants Saturday.
The state champion Aberdeen High School cheerleaders sold hotdogs, hamburgers and fries at the park. Coach Chana Duffin said money during the event will help pay for uniforms next season.
Jen Franco with Eastern Washington University and Samantha Ockerman with One Church, One Child, set up in City Park to raise awareness about foster care and hopefully, recruit some new foster parents.
Franco said currently, there are between 100 and 120 foster parents in Southeast Idaho, but more are needed. For more information about foster parenting call the Care line at 211.
Ockerman said her group provides support for foster parents and the biological families. For more information about the group, e-mail Ockerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The crowd made its way down Main Street to Krebhiel’s Antique Toy Shed. The shop is owned by Clinton and Marge Krebhiel and exhibits everything from century-old dolls and vintage clothing, to horse tack and cash registers.
The private collection is opened exclusively during Aberdeen Daze and by appointment only.
Aberdeen Daze came to a close Saturday with a fish fry in City Park hosted by local Boy Scouts and night golf at Hazard Creek.