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Good Old Days promises a good old time

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ST. IGNATIUS — Good Old Days, the annual community celebration in St. Ignatius, is a favorite around the Mission Valley. The food, fun and atmosphere offered by the weekend-long party is one of the things that makes it so special. 

Stewart Morton, a lifelong resident and participant in the festival, said his favorite event is the Friday night barbecue, dance and fireworks. 

“It allows people to come back to St. Ignatius and see their old friends, their old town and enjoying being around family while seeing that it hasn’t changed much,” he said. 

This is the 31st annual Good Old Days celebration. Complete with a parade, ferris wheel, bungee run, inflatable toys, dog race sponsored by the local veterinary clinic, a scavenger hunt in the mud and water balloon tosses and gunny sack races, event organizer Janis Heffern said this year’s celebration will be one to remember. 

“This week is usually a busy, busy week,” she said. “Lots of preparation with all the final things coming together, but hopefully we’ll get it to run as smoothly as it can. That’s the goal — for everyone to have fun and satisfy as many different age groups as we can.”

Good Old Days has many yearly staples, including the Buffalo Run, now in it’s 30th year, but new additions are always welcome. This year, the festival will have several firsts including a coed softball tournament, horse shoes, bingo at the senior center, a gospel sing potluck complete with hamburgers and hotdogs and a two-day band. 

The band, Montana Dark Horse Band, will play Friday and Saturday night. 

“It’s a lot of fun,” Heffern said. 

 

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