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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • A small-town Saturday night

  •   For much of my life I?have heard the stories of the days when people would come to town on a Saturday night. It was, for them, a highlight of the week, as people of all ages congregated on Main Street to enjoy each other’s company. Actually, for busin...
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  •   For much of my life I?have heard the stories of the days when people would come to town on a Saturday night. It was, for them, a highlight of the week, as people of all ages congregated on Main Street to enjoy each other’s company. Actually, for businesses it was great economics, as so many of those people, especially those who came from out of town, would bring their “to buy”?lists and spend their money on things they needed, as well as a few things they didn’t. The Belview community has been recapturing the small town Saturday night atmosphere for the past few years, as once a month during the summer they come together as a community to have a little fun. The event is sponsored by the Belview Boost-er Club and there seems to be plenty of community support for this summer activity. While I?had heard about these events for the past couple of years, I had never been to one – that is until June 9. I?had stopped earlier that day at my dad’s, after spending some time at the MIC and the Lower Sioux Wacipi. He was talking about going over to Belview after he had heard about the small town Saturday night event. While Dad is a Belview graduate, I?knew there was another motive for his plans. As part of the evening’s activities, a “Cruise into Belview” is held giving those with vehicles they want to show off a chance to do that. My dad purchased a Thunderbird this past fall which I?think looks an awful lot like something James Bond would have driven, and let’s just say when he drives it down the road it turns heads. So, he had the chance that night to park his T-bird next to a few classic vehicles. Then he had the chance to talk with others about their cars and his car. I?will freely admit I?enjoy admiring classic vehicles, but when Dad and some of the other guys started talking about cars to me it is like they’re talking in a different language. The small-town Saturday night event is not limited to vehicles, though, as there are other things, including free popcorn and plenty of good conversation, to be found amongst the friendly folks. There are hayrides offered for those in town and, of course, there is plenty of food. I?had a good time that Saturday in Belview and hope some time to go back again with my family. The next small town event in Belview is being held this Saturday from 5-8 p.m. I?encourage you to take some time this Saturday night to cruise over to Belview to take in the local color of this community which represents in a good way all that is small town. If you do plan on heading over be sure to bring a chair, your appetite and a few of your own small-town stories. If you are like me, you might want to brush up on your classic car information so you can join in that conversation, too.
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