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Loretta Olivier poses with her horse, Whinnie. COURTESY OF ANNIE’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Loretta Olivier poses with her horse, Whinnie. COURTESY OF ANNIE’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:31 AM
 “I think it will be exciting getting to be in the spotlight and representing the Chatfield Saddle Club.  I’m honored they picked me and Whinnie,” said rural Chatfield resident Olivier. She will ride her 5-year-old horse Whinnie at the front of the Chatfield Western Days grand parade, serving as grand marshal.
  • “This is a sled — or stone boat — pull,” said Bill Hanson, organizer of the 2015 Western Days Horse & Pony Pullers Association horse pull, set for the evening of Friday, Aug. 7, in Chatfield’s Mill Creek Park.

     
  • “The display this year is by J&M, and it starts at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday.  It’s different than we had last year – for the 2014 fireworks finale, we had Lew’s out of South Dakota,” said Chatfield Western Days Committee member Steve Rowland, excited to see the explosive pyrotechnics set for the conclusion of the 2015 Western Days celebration on Sunday, Aug. 9.

     
  • Western Days steeds have a spit-polished shine at the 17th annual Chatfield Western Days Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show set for Sunday, Aug. 9, according to show organizer Gary Danielson, a Chatfield native now living in Stewartville. 
  • Friday night jam to kick off Western Days

     “We think it’s a great way to kick off the Western Days weekend in this town, with its great musical heritage. The session will feature the Chatfield Brass Band (CBB) Jazz Combo who will play tunes of their own as well as support musicians who want their assistance. But with a jam session, we won’t know for sure until that night who else is playing,” stated Chatfield Brass Band member Steve Strange. He’s the organizer of the Chatfield Western Days CBB Friday Night Jam, set to take place in the City Park band shell on Friday, Aug. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

     
  • Western Days has seen much growth,  many changes during its 48-year run

    Chatfield's Western Days celebration has grown drastically from its meager beginnings in 1967 when a Quarter Horse show was held on the John Ward farm.

     
  • Those competing in the Western Days volleyball tournament will have a change of venue this year. Instead of sand, the tournament will be held on grass.

     
  • “This is the first year the Western Days Stampede is going to be held on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail,” related Bluff Country Hiking Club (BCHC) member Jennifer Bradt, “and it’s the 21st Stampede.  The 10K and two-mile race proceeds benefit the Chatfield cross-country team. Cross-country races are run on grass and trails, so the switch to the trail will truly be a cross-country event. Road racers are searching for bigger challenges, and the Lost Creek Hiking Trail will certainly provide plenty of hills, water crossings and beautiful scenery.”  
  • “There’s lots of Western Days fun for the kids,” said Chatfield Western Days Committee member Pam Bluhm, “like the pedal pull and coin find in City Park on Sunday.  It starts at noon and is for kids 4 to 11.  It’s done by Kid Power Pedal Pull, and Hammell Equipment and Computer Danamics have sponsored it.  Kids can pre-register at 11:30 at the corner near St. Mary’s Church, by City Park.  There’s also the coin find…that starts at 11:00 in the same place.”

     
  • Western Days parade honorary grand  marshals have been very active in Chatfield

    Pat and Jan Lawler are Chatfield’s Western Days grand parade honorary grand marshals and are pleased to be able to represent their town. Chatfield is Pat’s hometown and Jan’s adopted hometown.



     
  • Loretta Olivier named Western  Days parade grand marshal
     “I think it will be exciting getting to be in the spotlight and representing the Chatfield Saddle Club.  I’m honored they picked me and Whinnie,” said rural Chatfield resident Olivier. She will ride her 5-year-old horse Whinnie at the front of the Chatfield Western Days grand parade, serving as grand marshal. 
  • “This year’s parade is bigger and better,” promised Chatfield Western Days Committee secretary Pam Bluhm, one of the Chatfield Western Days grand parade co-organizers.  “We’ve got a different parade route, and there are so many neat things coming to Chatfield to help us celebrate Western Days.”

     
  • It’s a fundraising event that we thought would fit well with the Western Days theme. Mutton busting has become popular lately as a fun family event at fairs and town celebrations – it’s a sheep rodeo, with the children trying to stay on the sheep until the bell rings,” explained Chatfield Lions Club President Dean Hilsman.

     
  • The band Lost Highway will be performing at Bernard Bus Garage on Saturday, Aug. 9, as part of Chatfield Western Days.

     
  • Potter Auditorium stage draped in pink as  Wits’ End Theatre presents ‘Legally Blonde’

    “The fun part of choreographing this show is learning the ‘Bend and Snap’,” said Kathy Keech, this year’s Wits’ End Theatre (WET) Western Days play director.

     
  • “People should attend Western Days because there is literally something for everyone,” promised Western Days organizer Steve Rowland.

     
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