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Annual Sherman Days festivities a hit yet again

August 7, 2014
By David Prenatt - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

There was much more to draw people to Sherman Days than Mayor John Patterson's pink locks falling to the ground.

The annual Sherman Days celebration provided several new events, as well as the traditional parade, games, food and craft vendors, and the famous Stanley Hose Co. chicken barbecue.

The fun began on Friday evening, Aug. 1 with the SCS Alumni Dinner in the school gymnasium and the bonfire and the music of Harbour Nights at the Sherman firefighter's grounds.

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Visitors to Sherman Days crowded the streets throughout the festivities.

Saturday's festivities began at 8:30 a.m. with a 5k run/2 mile walk. The Grand Parade with the theme "Marching through Time" began at 10 a.m. with spectators lining the streets of the village. Bonnie Meabon, who for years has personally picked up trash off of Sherman streets, was the grand marshall.

Following the parade, speaker Jari Villanueva, who is considered the country's foremost expert on military bugle calls. His talk focused particularly the call of Taps, which is believed to have been first played by Sherman resident and bugler Oliver W. Norton.

Throughout the day, visitors strolled among street vendors who offered handcrafted items, homemade baked goods, fresh produce and a variety of other wares.

Children were seen with colorful, painted faces, and families took advantage of cemetery tour; live music throughout the day at Murdock's and cooler Caf; tractor and fire equipment displays; and an historic scavenger hunt, one of the new offerings at this year's Sherman Days.

A large crowd gathered for the long-awaited "Shave-The-Mayor " event at 2:30 p.m. Sherman mayor John Patterson let his hair grow throughout the past year and had it dyed pink last week to raise money for breast cancer research at Roswell Park Institute. Tickets were sold right up to the final moment when several lucky winners had the opportunity to help shave the hair from his head. According to the Mayor, more than $7,000 was raised.

After the event, many vendors quickly packed up as thunder rumbled in the sky. However, the live music and festivities continued until rain finally fell in late afternoon.

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A horse-drawn carriage was one highlight of the annual Sherman Day parade, which kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

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