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Rippey, Iowa Festival "One of Best Ever!" August 17, 18, 1957

Local reporter, Winnie (Fry) States reported the two day festival held August 17, 18, 1957, was one of the best ever!

Jefferson Bee, August 27, 1957 Rippey News by Mrs. Jay (Winnie) States

Tab Rippey Festival 'One of Best Ever'

Rippey—The two day festival sponsored by the Commercial club Tuesday and Wednesday of last week was one of the best of its kind ever held in Rippey. A big parade was considered one of the best and drew a large crowd. It was the only major event of the first day, due to the rain in the afternoon. The parade was headed by the American Legion color bearers. There were 40 entries, including floats from the school, organizations and business places, each bearing the theme of a song title, also queen candidates. In the school division, first place went to 7th and 8th grades, "Around the World in 80 Days" The second winner was the sixth grade with "Teddy Bear's Picnic In the organizations, the Rebekah lodge won first- place with "Evening Prayer", and the Service Star placed second, with "When the Blue Star Turns to Gold", the Royal Neighbors, third place with "Hi Neighbor".

Susan Roberts and Frances Norgren tied for the top prize in the best decorated bicycle. Although no prize was awarded in- the business division, the judges picked the three top commercial floats first, Clover Farm Store with "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree"; First National Bank, second with "Money Tree", and third, Rippey Oil Co., with "Dreams".

The Saddle Clubs from various places contributed much to the interest of the parade and attracted much attention and surprise as to the numerous good riders and exceptionally fine horses. The horsen how, which drew a large crowd in the afternoon, was in progress when the rain started, which prevented any further activity for the day.  Also cancelled were the afternoon and evening ball games.

Wednesday brought ideal weather and the activities started with a band concert at 1 p. m., after which Miss Karen Cain was crowned Queen of the Festival by Glen Grow, program chairman.

The main feature of the afternoon was a speech by Gov. Loveless, who, with his wife, was escorted to the platform. He was presented the key to the city by the Queen, who also placed a rosebud boutonniere in his lapel. A program of races completed the afternoon entertainment.

In the evening a large crowd assembled at the skating rink for the interesting performance of Bill Sorenson and troop from Jefferson on the trampoline, The Minburn skaters with their marvelous "Singing Wheels" gave a fine exhibition and skating show. The remainder of the evening was spent in dancing, with the Rhythm Aces providing music. The Midway shows and numerous rides were exceptionally good, which provided entertainment for many during the evening.