Great day at Red Rock

To the Editor:

The picnic held on Memorial Day at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont was a great treat for all who attended. Nearly 300 persons were served, with a count of 135 veterans and spouses offered a free meal.

Thanks to everyone who attended or helped in any way. The sponsors: Welcome Legion, Kwik Trip, HyVee, Subway and Walmart gave financial support; the Jay and Mary Balcom family with their petting zoo; Heritage Acres “Kiddy Train” engineered by Don St. John and John Hilgendorf; and the face painting by Candice and Aurora Teskey were favorites of the children attending.

Tamara Thayer shared interesting artifacts and stories from her book, “A Country Doctor Goes To War,” written about her grandfather, Dr. E.A. “Mike” Thayer. Some of his former patients were in the audience.

Many thanks to Sonja Fortune, executive director of Red Rock Center for the Arts, in arranging that part of the day.

The weather cooperated with a warm but cloudy day (last year it rained) so that the Fairmont Park Department could put tables and benches in the Historical Society’s front yard. It was nice of them to open the museum for tours as well as the newly renovated Pioneer Parsonage next door. All in all, it was a great way to honor our military friends on Memorial Day.

Ginny Riedesel, volunteer

Martin County

Preservation Association

Fairmont