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SIDNEY HERALD FaJrvJew WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016 74 Fairview prepares for annual celebration RENiE JEAN I SIDNEY HERALD Butch Renders points to a collection of buttons from Fairview's past Old Timer's festivals. Some buttons are still available for purchase for those who would like to fill in a missing year. BY RENI E JEAN home year after year, and that has helped a strong SIDNEY HERALD tradition take root and Since at least 1956, Fair- grow.. view, the town that spans "For me, Old Timers' is two states and more than the meeting and seeing of 100 years of history, has people I haven't seen for a had a tradition that has year," Renders said. shown the strength of its He recalls fondly the community, many friends he has They call it the Old Tim- searched out during Old ers' Festival, and, although Timers' and renewed 1956 is the year the first acquaintance. Among Old Timers' button was these is one Harold Engen, created, the tradition goes who grew up kitty-corner so far back, no one is sure from Renders. Although exactly when it began. Engan has passed away, Butch Renders, a corn- Renders remembers fondly mittee member for the their many meetings over festival, has consulted the years at the festival, with several of the town meetings that but for the historians to learn more event would never have about the origins of Old transpired. Timers'. "He was four or five "They think it could years older than me," have just evolved from the Renders said, "but we've old timers getting togeth- known each other since er," Renders said. "That I was this big. He'd been was as close as anyone living in Great Falls, and could remember. They I'd just get to see him once don't think it was formal a year." when it started. Maybe Renders would walk they did it a few times and through Sharbono Park decided we should do this three or four times, run- on the third Saturday of ning into different people July, so we know when each time, looking for all we're doing it." the special friends, includ- At some point, the ing Engen. Those special festival became a solid friend and the renewal of thing, and an organizing acquaintances represent committee was born. They celebration of good times planned an event that past, present and future. would bring people back Even if the origins of the i More Cars Are Needed I All welcmI I SATURDAY. JULY 16 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ..... I festival itself are unclear, the tradition of the Old Timers' buttons, which began in 1956, has helped shine a definite light on the highlights of Fairview and its history. And not the sort of dusty dry history in text books either. These are the living breathing histories of people who lived and helped the town grow, as well as interest- ing places, patriotic efforts and more. Every year, the commit- tee chooses a person, place or thing as the centerpiece for the annual button, which for $2 will buy you a hearty beef lunch in the park, as well as grant I ELK RIVER Digital Printing Graphic Design 2~.,flC~j~/ Oversize Pnnting All Office & Oilfield Forms elkriver@midrivers.com 424 2rid St NW. Sidney, Montana 59270 - 406-433-4375 you free admission to Fort Buford and Fort Union for the weekend. Fort Buford, as it happens, is celebrat- ing a 150th anniversary this year. Buttons are available from nearly any Fairview business. They are also available from Advanced Communications in Sid- ney. For those interested in collecting, a selection of old buttons will be avail- able for sale during the festival, although there are none available for certain, hard-to-find buttons. These would include the first 1956 SEE HISTORY, PAGE 8 Enjoy, the Festivities! pepsi Welcome home for the Fairview Old Timer's Reunion & Summer Festival BY BILL VANDER WEELE people's choice award for that." SIONEY HERALD After the lunch in Get ready to celebrate as Sharbono Park, the grand Fairview is holding its an- parade begins at 1 p.m. nual Fairview Old-Timer's Renders said the start of Festival on July 15-17. the parade will include the "It's a good weekend," carrying of flags and then Butch Renders, one of the Shannon family. The this year's event organiz- parade always features ers, said. "If you know a large number of class anybody from Fairview, reunion floats. You should I always say you will see always be on the look out them the third Saturday of for water balloons coming July." from some of these floats. Events on Friday, July 15, The program in the park will include Hamburgers begins after the parade. in the Park from 5-7 p.m. at Renders said the program Sharbono Park. will include three musical "The Class of 1965 has entertainers. stepped up and will put on Also in the afternoon, Hamburgers in the Park the annual beef auction this year," Renders said. will take place. Registration runs from "That pays for the beef 5-7 p.m. at Sharbono Park. for the following year," On Saturday, July 16, the Renders said of the auc- kiddies' parade will begin tion. "It helps us kind of at 11 a.m. Line-up starts at keep going." 10:30 a.m. at the MonDak St. John's Lutheran Family Clinic. Theme Church will hold its an- for the kiddies' parade is niversary open house from "Hats off to Dick" in honor 2-4 p.m. of Dick Shannon, who is In addition, a historical featured on the Fairview scavenger hunt will take Festival button, place throughout the day. "It might be interesting The annual Duck Race at to see what kind of hats the Canal starts at 4 p.m. the kids come up with," off of County Road 134. Renders said. Proceeds help Fairview A highlight through- High School's Explore out the day is a car show America program. organized by Gene Trudell. The Festival Committee The display will be located will present a free concert across the street from the featuring Sam Platts & the park. Kootenai Three from 7-9 lot of people bringp.m. at the school. older cars, newer cars and The group plays Honky- restored vehicles," Ren- tonk/Country/Western ders said. "They have a Swing music. Fairview, Montana Office: 406-742-5549 HOME FHS FOR FAIRVlEW'S OLD TIMER'S REUNION & SUMMER FESTIVAU Take time Fairview OM out to enjoy 71mer's Reunion Communications Equipment Rental Skid Houses Trucking Portable Toilets Residential Septic Services Pumps Office: 406-742-5312 DispalclN . 701-844-1234 Fairview, Montana