Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bovina Celebrates the Bicentennial of the United States

Forty years ago, many communities in the United States had their own celebrations of the nation's bicentennial. Bovina was no exception. On July 24, 1976, it was Bovina's turn. Events included a parade, baking and costume contest, a chicken barbecue, a women’s tug-of-war and a tractor pull. Awards for floats included for the prettiest to June Burns, for most authentic to Cecil and Isabel Russell and for most original to the South Kortright Calf club. Costume winners included Isabel Russell, Lauren Monroe, Bonnie Bray and Robin Hardenburg. Tractor pull winners included Scott Parsons, Bobby Hewitt, Doug Gregory, and Charlie LaFever. The day ended with a round and square dance at the newly built fire hall.

A number of photographers took their snaps of the day and over the years have shared some of them with me. So I share them with you.
Chris Pelletier, Jen Lee (Aitkens), Dean Gallant, Tim Harlo Bray. Photo by Dot Ryder.
Photo by Dot Ryder.
Photo by Dot Ryder.
Cecil and Isabell Russell after the parade. They won first price. Photo by Ray LaFever (taken with a very poor camera, unfortunately).

Photo by Dot Ryder

Photo by Dot Ryder

This is my dad after winning the tractor pull, with Ray Ide coming along for the ride. Photo by Warren Avis

The ladies tug of war. The women participating included Pat Parsons (Miele), Cora Mueller, Leona LaFever and at the back Norma Gabriele. If you recognize any others, let me know. Photo by Warren Avis.

In the center of this great shot after the parade are Isabell (holding her bonnet), Marjorie and Cecil Russell. Photo by Dean Lapinel

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