Centennial Day at the Fair 1967

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

A dance with standing room only wrapped up the Centennial Celebration Saturday, August 26th in the exhibit tent on the Athletic Field as Manchester concluded its 18th annual Community Fair.

A mile-and-a-half long parade kicked off the Community Fair Tuesday night, August 22. Leading the parade was Manchester's oldest resident, Carl Wuerthner, 93, a former president of the village.

In activities at the fair grounds, Sue Swartz, 16, the daughter of Superintendent of Schools and Mrs. Robert Swartz was named fair queen.

A senior at Manchester High School, Sue was one of 12 candidates selected by her classmates to compete for the title before school let out for the summer. She was crowned by Deneine Steele, last year's queen.

Runners-up were Sally Barber, 16, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Barber, and Kay Walter, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Walter.

Awarded first place in parade float competition was the Manchester High School's class of '69 entry "Happy Birthday," honoring Manchester's centennial celebration.

Other winners were: "Centennial Ride," entered by the class of '70, second; "Time to Celebrate," entered by the jolly Farmerettes 4-H group, third; and "A Busy Affair," Manchester High School class of '71, fourth.

In the decorated bicycle competition, prizes were awarded to: Janet Popkey, Thomas Blossom, Marty Fielder, Vicki Wurster, Grace Day, Lee Pauken, Terry Pauken, and Pamela Jose.

The parade high school band was under the direction of R. C. Sortor.

As usual the high school senior class had charge of the food tent and reportedly did an exceptionally big business.