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Town revels in its history, future

POSTED July 25, 2011 8:53 a.m.
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HOLYROOD – As Old Glory came into view people rose from their seats and with hands over their hearts watched silently as members of American Legion Post 200 lead Saturday’s grand parade celebrating Holyrood’s 125th Jubilee.
 Before Saturday’s parade started, the sound of laughter could be heard up and down Main Street as Holyrood High School alumni gathered to reminisce. The Taylor twins, 1953 graduates of HHS, sat laughing as they talked with Holyrood resident Murlella Hinton.
 Riding pedal tractors, bikes, wagons and electric cars, community children held their own parade down Main Street prior to the grand parade. Each child received an award.
 The grand parade included inspirational floats by Holyrood churches and colorful floats by Holyrood businesses and organizations. Antique cars and farm equipment joined fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances.  The Nicodemus Kansas buffalo soldiers thrilled the crowd with their mounted equestrian drill.
 The Jubilee started Thursday night as Holyrood’s American Legion building rocked to the sound of old favorites played by Larry and Juanita Heitschmidt, Joan Breford and Jonathan Dahlke.  Employees of H&B Communications served over two hundred bowls of ice cream to the crowd.
 Friday night hundreds of people stood in line at Holyrood’s Volunteer Fire Department’s barbecue. A thousand pounds of beef received a good rubbing with favorite seasonings before being wrapped in foil with onions and cooked in a 35-foot pit for twelve hours. The tender meat was served with coleslaw, chips and beans.
 At the same time as the barbecue, volunteers prepared a portion of Main Street for the street dance and beer garden. The street dance featured King Midas & The Muflers and attracted people from surrounding areas as well as Holyrood High School alumni and local families.
 The Jubilee is over and as the quiet town of Holyrood, population 447 returns to normal, the residents thanked volunteers (who wore lime-green shirts) who organized the event.


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