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Sherwood Centennial

The City of Sherwood, established in 1904, celebrated its 100th birthday on July 2, 3 and 4th, 2004. Registration began at 10:00 a.m. on July 2nd and people began signing the guestbook. It is estimated that some 1, 200 + people registered and many others came just to see the parade on Saturday. Guests were registered from all parts of North Dakota, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, along with guests from Saskatchewan & Manitoba.

A craft show & flea market was held at the Sherwood Memorial Hall. There were approximately 15 tables set up and sales were brisk. Many different items were available for sale, including everything from dishtowels to bracelets. Others items were note cards, pictures, wood crafts, tote bags and of course, Sherwood memorabilia, that included sweatshirts, T-shirts, Christmas ornaments, coin purses, and hats.

Activities on Friday included a photo contest held at the Senior Citizens Center, 4 inflatable games for the youngsters, pony rides, a petting zoo, an art show and a tour of the 100 year old Perry Brown home. The tour was especially enjoyable as it was narrated by the Brown family members dressed in period clothing.

A chili cook-off was held at the Food Tent late Friday afternoon. People paid $2 for a bowl and were able to sample the different recipes of chili that had been cooked by teams.

Bingo was held at the Sherwood School that evening, followed by a street dance on main street. Big crowds of people attended both events.

Saturday morning was busy with more registrations and people visiting the craft fair, photo contest, art show, inflatable games, petting zoo & pony rides. At 11:00 a.m., the parade began. It was an incredible parade, with over 175 floats & entries. The streets were lined with adults and children, hoping to catch some candy or other goodies that were being tossed out. Terry Miller & the "Miller boys" organized and announced the parade. It went without a hitch, the rain holding up until the parade was over.

Sherwood was a hub of activity Saturday afternoon. Many people were standing around visiting and catching up with old friends. It was so exciting watching people meet other people they hadn't seen for many years; the joy of seeing an old friend.

The 7th Cavalry put on a show Saturday afternoon that included riding their horses, telling about the history of the Cavalry and cooking around a campfire.

During the Centennial, the Can-Dak Car Club displayed tractors, cars and other vehicles at the City Park. Many people came to admire the hard work that went into restoring these vehicles. A favorite was the police car from the old "Andy Griffith Show". It had an authentic signature from Don Knotts painted on it and it played the Mayberry theme while it led the parade.

A baseball game was held at the Sherwood City Park Saturday afternoon featuring many "older" players along with the "younger" ball players. A good crowd gathered to cheer on the Yanks!

Food was served on Friday and Saturday by Nettie's Diner and the Northern Lights Chuck Wagon. Food lines were long, but no one went hungry. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, a banquet was catered by Nettie's Diner at the Sherwood School. Over 600 people attended and the food was terrific.

Following the banquet, the gymnasium floor was cleared of tables and chairs were set up to enjoy the next event. Celeste Krenz, a native of Williston, ND, entertained the big crowd with a mix of country & modern music. Also included in the show was Sherwood celebrity, Kelli Volk a 13 year old country singer who sang along with Celeste as well as doing several solos. Both entertainers received huge applause. After intermission, Celeste and her band held a dance, while she & Kelli sang more songs.

At the concert, drawings were held for the various raffles that had been going on before & during the Centennial. Lola Hanson was the winner of a beautiful "Sherwood" quilt that had been made by several ladies from the Catholic Church. Jeff Aalund won the Gun Club's rifle, and Peggy Brown won the Treasure Chest that featured a big-screen TV and many other donated items.

Also that evening was another street dance on main. There was music for everyone! At 10:30 p.m. the sky lite up with a glorious display of fireworks. The show went on & on and you could hear oh's & ah's from all directions. Thanks to the firemen for their hard work.

Church services were held Sunday morning at the three local churches; Catholic, Lutheran & Methodist. Each church reported good attendance.

Following church, there was more visiting done around town and in the Memorial Hall. The Lutheran Ladies served a barbeque lunch to a big crowd that afternoon and that officially ended the Sherwood 2004 Centennial. But people weren't done visiting yet. The lights finally had to be turned off at 3:00 p.m. and people reluctantly left the building.

What a weekend! Words will never be able to describe the joys of the Centennial weekend. And it is impossible to thank everyone who helped pull it off. But we will try: All of Sherwood residents who generously volunteered to work at the registration, banquet, memorabilia and raffle sale tables, the Garden Club, the Firemen, the Sherwood City Council and especially Allan Engh, the mayor, to Lyle Simoneau and all the men who hauled picnic tables, tables & chairs and also returned them, Denzil & Betty, Janice & Leo, the 7th Cavalry, the Northern Lights and Nettie's Diner, Elna Knox, Audrey Keith, Rose Brown, Gracie Thompson & her daughters, the American Legion & Auxiliary, the Can-Dak Car Club, the Yanks baseball team, Bob Steeves, Terry Miller & sons, Jim Southam, Gladys Lakefield for her hard work of being the treasure and keeping track of all the sales of raffle & banquet tickets along with jackets, shirts, & caps, those who faithfully came to the Centennial meetings; Jan, Gracie, Orlin, Shirley, Earl, Allan, Oran & Audrey, Janice & Leo, Jeff, Lynn and everyone who attended, Shirley & Terry for putting together a wonderful Centennial book, and to Ruth Stanley for doing a beautiful job of decorating for the banquet.

Also, thank you to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous financial support: Bothun-Peterson Legion Post 213, Bothun-Peterson Auxiliary, Don Bessette Motors, Dr. Ted Brown, Erling Mugaas, Farm Credit Services, Farmers Union Oil Co., Ken & Gail Curle, Larry Stewart, Mary Ann McAlister, MDU, Mohall Credit Union, Mouse River Insurance, MTI, North Central Electric, Northern Lights Supper Club, Oran & Audrey Keith, SRT, and Tyrian Masonic Lodge.