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Good Old Time

Hundreds fill small town for three-day event

ST. IGNATIUS – Bentley Slagle, 5, finished up the Good Old Days events on Saturday needing a nap and a bath after playing hard under the hot sun. 

He said he ran around the Good Old Day’s Park and played games, saw a couple cute dogs, climbed a rock wall, which was scary at first, and got muddy during the tug-of-war competition where teams pulled each other into a pit of mud.

“It was so awesome,” he said. “My team was lucky about having me with them, and they were cheering for me, and we won.” 

He thought the long parade moving down Main Street was “pretty cool” with old cars, class reunions to celebrate the St. Ignatius School’s 100th year, and several decorated floats.

“I liked the police officer in the car the most,” he said. He also enjoyed petting a few horses that were in the parade as they made their way back to a horse trailer. 

The St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce put on the four-day event, and hundreds of people packed the town to participate in a number of activities from a tennis tournament to a music concert. 

On Friday, dozens of children participated in the Little Miss and Mister Good Old Days Pageant. JoLynn Girsch, 17, was crowned Miss St. Ignatius for a third year. She said this will be her last year, and she hopes to volunteer to help with the pageant next year. Frankie Smith, 17, was crowned Miss Good Old Days, and Charley  Bolman, 17, was crowned the runner up.

In the dessert-baking contest, Barb Plouffe took first, second and third place with a peanut butter brownie, a snickers crunch bar, and chocolate marshmallow bars. Annalysia Dumontier took first and second place in the junior division with her lemon cake and pineapple upside down mini cakes. Emma Brill took third with a lemon blueberry bunt cake.  

On Saturday, events started early with the annual Buffalo Run. Zoran Lafrombois, 13, was the first person to cross the finish line. Winning the one-mile race has become an annual tradition for him. He has won so many times that he can’t remember exactly how many trophies he has from the event. 

During the dog races, Soup was named the fasted dog in town again this year with a time of 3.15 seconds. Jeff Brander, the dog’s owner, accepted a trophy and bag of dog food for the border collie. For medium dogs, Shania Dubois’s dog Clyde took first place with a time of 4.97 seconds. Tiffany Wheeler’s corgi took first place for the small dog category with a time of 3.62 seconds.

On Sunday, events wrapped up with the annual St. Ignatius Airport Fly In where hundreds of huckleberry pancakes were dished up during the free breakfast. Pilots traveled to the event to line up their planes along the runway. Dave Hedditch is a pilot from Victor. He said it was a nice flight over in the clear-blue morning ski. 

After resting up from Saturday’s events, Bentley attended the fly in with his brother. He was excited to get a close up look at the airplanes. He crawled inside an air ambulance brought to the event by the emergency rescue team ALERT. He asked the pilot several questions about the equipment. He was also impressed with the Life Flight Network helicopter.

Bentley said he had so much fun during the Good Old Days events that he would like to do them all again next year.

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