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Cooler temperatures, rain doesn’t stop annual festival

August 9, 2017
By David Prenatt - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Neither rain nor wind nor cold could keep Sherman Days 2017 from being a success and a well-attended community event.

Sherman Days kicked off Friday, Aug. 4 amid hard winds, driving rain and plummeting temperatures. Saturday, when most of the events took place, was also windy, overcast and abnormally cold for early August. Yet none of that dampened the spirit of the people who took part in the day's festivities.

The Happy Days Are Here Again! parade began at 10 a.m., as scheduled, with more than 30 units taking part, including 15 antique tractors that comprised one unit.

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Construction is underway for the new Dollar General store in Sherman. The store is expected to be operational by November.

The dunking booth ran steadily throughout the day. Children played the many available games, ate hand-dipped ice cream and played in the giant bounce house. Visitors flocked to the Yorker Museum, merchants sold their wares on the sidewalks of Main Street, and musicians entertained crowds of people throughout the day and evening.

Reese Bates had already taken several plunges into the Dunkin' Booth when his friend Chris Robson stepped up to the firing line and hit the paddle two out of three times. "I'm freezing. It feels horrible," Bates said. "Chris signed me up for this."

Bates would get his chance for revenge, however, since Robson was next in line to sit in the booth. "My mom wanted me to do this," Robson explained.

Judy Stoddard, a guide at the Yorker Museum, said many people had toured the building throughout the day.

"I think it's wonderful that they've continued Sherman Days," she said. "I feel bad that it's such a cold and windy day," she added.

Brian Bessel transported three antique tractors (1936, 1938, and 1940 models), all the way from Fulton, NY. He explained that his parents were from the Ripley/Sherman area and he worked in Sherman on a farm in his younger days. "This was a good day. The weather eventually turned out nice," Bessel said. "It was a good way to visit with old friends and meet new people. That's the part I enjoy," he said.

Ron Moore, one of the organizers of the antique tractor show, noted that the FFA organization sponsored the show and even provided barbecued chicken dinners for the 35 people who took part.

Moore said that antique tractors help people connect to the past. "When you grew up on a farm, you had so many stories about your family tractor," he said. "For instance, we bought a Case tractor in 1975, drove it home from the dealer, and blew out two tires on the way. How could you ever forget that?" he said.

Moore added that the weather could not keep the tractor show from being a success, even though the wind blew the pavilion tent over. It hit a golf cart and a woman, Moore said. Fortunately, the woman was not injured, he noted.

Appreciation for the hard work of over 20 volunteers, whose dedication allowed Sherman Days 2017 to take place, was expressed by many merchants, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and participants in the weekend's events.

 
 
 

 

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