Sturgeon community enjoys return of summer festival

Saturday, June 26, 2010 | 2:44 p.m. CDT; updated 2:53 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 26, 2010
From left, Lewis Smith, Betty Smith and Shawn Halliburton watching the cart race.

STURGEON — Sturgeon residents enjoy their first summer fest since 2006.

The Sturgeon Summer Festival has been a long tradition, but it was delayed while transitioning event coordinators. This year, Greg Kelly, president of the Sturgeon Chamber of Commerce, took the reins.

This year's summer fest was a continuation not only of this tradition, but it was also a celebration of Sturgeon’s state championship. The Sturgeon High School basketball team won the state championship this year.

“They are excited to come back together and have a social event for all ages,” Kelly said.

Sturgeon, about 20 miles north of Columbia, is a town with about 900 residents. “We are like a big family. Everybody knows everybody,” Kelly said.

Sturgeon residents are happy to see this event coming back.

“I have been coming to the fair for 20 years,” Betty Smith, 78, said. “We are excited.”

The event was scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival has cart races, a parade, a baby show, a cowboy mounted shooting show and a pet show.

According to Kelly, this celebration is a something for the whole town. “People will be either in the parade or watch the parade,” Kelly said.


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