Silt Heyday |

Silt Heyday

It’s not about hay. It’s about, “hey!”

Silt celebrated its 37th annual Heyday last weekend with more than 2,000 people in attendance for the parade on Saturday morning.

Local farmers started the event in 1969 as a way to celebrate the end of the second crop season. It was also the time to prepare for the third crop season, which ushers in the fall equinox.

Back then, farmers kept so busy working their land, it was hard to get out and see the neighbors.

These days, it appears locals welcome the premise just the same.

“It’s so people can get together and just say, “Hey,” said parade coordinator Susie Wright.

The theme focused on families with many of this year’s 28 parade participants depicting families camping, fishing, reading and riding together.

“Families are important,” Kristi Gill said. “Society needs strong families that work hard and stay together.”

Heyday volunteer Peggy Swank said that while it can be difficult to select an interesting parade theme every year, this one came naturally.

“Silt is about families,” Swank said. “We celebrate family.”

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