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Marquand C.R.O.P.

The Marquand C.R.O.P. (Citizens Realizing Our Potential) held their monthly meeting Thursday September 15th with 13 members present. Pioneer Days will be here in about 2 weeks, so work schedules for town and park clean up and apple butter making were made.

Work days will be Saturday September 17th and Saturday September 24th  at 8 A.M. Friday September 23rd at 6 P.M. apple butter making will done in the park. You are encouraged to come out and help and support our local festival. Flyers are being distributed and will be printed in local papers. Dinner will be served at the school cafteria Friday September 30th before the music performance that evening.

Plans had been to have the performance in the newly renovated Homan Hall but construction was not completed in time. A tent has been secured for shelter and the bands will perform in the park under the pavilion. A small cover charge will be made to go toward the cost of the show. The music will be performed by local artists and promises to be good entertainment.

As always Saturday will be a fun day starting with the parade and going all day. There will be food, games, band performances, apple butter making, the car and tractor shows and much, much more. Come on out to Marquand Pioneer Days for a great family outing. You will have a chance to see the progress on the Homan Building and tour the historic Sitze cabin. The Marquand History book was well received. Plans are to publish another “history” book next year and possibly every other year thereafter.  Pictures and stories are needed. Visit with any of the C.R.O.P. members for information and be gathering your family history to include in this effort to preserve our history.

In other business, it was decided C.R.O.P. will start yard of the month awards starting next May and going through October. Independent judges will do the judging and turn their decision in to C.R.O.P. by mid month. To start things off, there will be a December light contest. There will be three categories: Most Original (creative); Most Traditional (religious) and Most Festive (lights, decor, etc.). Judging will be done by December 15th and the award made at the December meeting. Again, watch for flyers and newspaper articles and we’ll see you at Pioneer Days 2005!

Submitted by Clara Sitze, Reporter

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