Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sixty Years Ago - Bovina Celebrates Old Home Day

During the late teens and most of the 1920s, Bovina held an annual summer celebration called 'Old Home Day.' These celebrations ended after 1928, caused in part by the Great Depression and World War II. After a 28 year hiatus, on August 18, 1956, Bovina held an Old Home Day celebration, with Charles McIntosh’s flat as the venue. The day included a parade, picnic dinner and a greased pole. Parade participants included the Bovina Fire Department, a team of chestnut horses driven by Ferris Todd, and the Bovina Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. A number of organizations sponsored floats including the United Presbyterian Church, the Lake Delaware Home Bureau, the Bovina 4-H Happy Hearts, the Bovina Home Bureau, and the Bovina Recreation Club. Other parade participants included a two wheeled decorated cart, propelled by Margaret Hilson and Simone Duphilly, and ridden in by Nancy, John, and Christine Hilson and Shirley Hammond. The prizes were given by Assemblyman Edwyn Mason, who represented the judges. Mrs. Clarence Burns was general chairman of the event.

Just recently, Roger Robson shared with me photos taken by his dad of this celebration:

Peg Robson modeling the Bovina Fire Auxiliary uniform. 

The Bovina UP Church float heading to the parade start.

Bovina Fire Department Auxiliary float. The red-headed woman on the float is Ruth Coulter Parsons.

Lake Delaware Home Bureau

Bovina Recreation Club

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