Silt happening during 34th Annual Hey Day |

Silt happening during 34th Annual Hey Day

SILT – Silt happens – that’s for sure – but Silt was really happening on Saturday.

The 34th Annual Silt Hey Day played host to music enthusiasts, food lovers and beer drinkers – all searching for the best ways to cool off under the hot sun.

“This is the best item in the house,” said Merlene Hall of her homemade neck coolers as she pulled one out of a cooler full of ice and water.

The coolers were two-foot-long tubes of fabric filled with beads that soaked up the icy cold water.

Hall, who hails from Vernal, Utah, had one of the more noticeable sales booths. Called Country Critters, Hall and her husband craft painted wooden signs that have short, cute messages. The signs have stakes attached so they can be poked into the ground.

Some of the most popular signs say, “A cute chick lives here,” and, “An old crow lives here.” The signs have corresponding animals.

“It’s fun to come up here because everybody’s so friendly. I love it,” Hall said.

Another busy lady on Saturday was Lois Ferbache, president of the Edgar Allen Roe VFW Post 9304 Women’s Auxiliary. She started the day by overseeing a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. in Veteran’s Memorial Park, where most of the day’s events were held.

The rest of the day, Ferbache and her fellow auxiliary members collected donations for the post and conducted a membership drive.

Ferbache, however, said she was a bit disappointed in the lack of flag etiquette shown by some Hey Day goers.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t even support the flag – they don’t even put their hand over their heart,” she said. To try and change that trend, the ladies’ auxiliary passed out a brochure on flag etiquette.

Meanwhile, beer tent attendants said early suds sales were excellent.

Down in the shady southeast corner of the park, people flipped through three tables full of used books. The books were on sale to raise money for the Silt Library.

“We’re doing pretty well,” library manager Janine Rose said. “We rely on donations.”

No prices were placed on the books. Customers picked out what they wanted and paid what they felt was enough money.

“They take the money and use it for support, things that are beyond the library’s money,” Rose said.

Rose said she’s not sure what the money will go toward this year.

“We’ll see what we get,” she said.

Real estate mogul Wayne Starr, owner of Starr Western Real Estate, was making his way from booth to booth in the early-afternoon hours. His horse-drawn wagon was in the Hey Day parade for the third year.

“We always enjoy bringing the wagon in,” he said.

Starr said of all the parades and festivals he attends each year, Silt Hey Day is the one that has the most tangible hometown feel.

“I think what’s pleasing to me is the participation,” he said. “They seem to have a lot more participation than in other festivals. It just demonstrates the hometown character of Silt.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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