The town of Halliday in eastern Dunn County is gearing up for its 100th birthday.
by Barry D. Van Wagner
The town of Halliday in eastern Dunn County is gearing up for its 100th birthday Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, featuring a Saturday morning parade, a classic car/tractor show, a barbecue supper in the school gym, street dances on Friday and Saturday nights, and a gospel concert and movie on Saturday night.
Saturday morning begins with a 5K Run/Walk, and in the afternoon there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, a quilt show, a horseshoe tournament, a cake walk, inflatable playground equipment and facepainting for the kids, and musicians in the park. The celebration will close Sunday morning with a community church service in the park.
Relocated in 1914 from its original location two miles north to its present position at the junction of Highway 200 and Highway 8, Halliday prospered in its new site on the railroad line until the railroad closed sometime before 1984. Today Halliday has experienced a mild resurgence of population from oil field workers and their families, doubling in size from about 200 to about 400 residents.
The Halliday Lions Club is sponsoring the Centennial Celebration and is providing leadership in the Centennial Committee for planning, funding, and scheduling the many activities. RSVP responses from former residents have been pouring in from all over the nation to the Halliday Centennial FaceBook page with almost 600 RSVP responses received by mid-May.
Friday, June 20, registration will be open at the City Hall from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by the Friday night dance from 8:00 pm to midnight, which will feature Drew’s Crew DJ.
On Saturday morning, June 21, registration will be open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at the City Hall, where Centennial memorabilia, T-shirts, and Halliday Centennial Books may be purchased. Also at City Hall from 8:00 to 10:00 am, ladies of the local churches will be serving pastries, rolls, coffee, and beverages on a freewill donation basis.
On Saturday morning, June 21, registration for the 5K Run/Walk event at the Halliday School will begin at 7:00 am. At 8:00 am, the walkers will start first and then runners. The route will have the participants ending up back at the Halliday School before 10:00 am.
At 10:00 am Saturday morning, the Centennial Parade, featuring honored veterans, classic cars and tractors, floats, carriages drawn by horses, and horseback riders, will take its traditional route beginning near the grain elevators and turning onto Main Street by the bank. At Highway 8 the parade will loop around the block by the Catholic church and turn back onto Main Street at the Farmers Union station. Highway 8 will be blocked off from Main Street to the Catholic church during the time of the parade.
After the parade, a Classic Car and Tractor Show will be displayed at the Halliday School parking lot from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Owners of the displayed vehicles will judge the displayed vehicles and award prizes. Tours of the Halliday School will be held at the same time. The Halliday School will be available for class reunions throughout the weekend.
Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, a “Then and Now” Quilt Exhibit featuring antique quilts and their stories will be displayed along with a Trunk Show in the Halliday School multipurpose room.
Music in the Park on Saturday afternoon features Delmer and Sharon Meissel at 1:00 pm, Jeff Lesmeister at 2:00 pm, Elmer Fafier at 3:00 pm, and Dakota Nights at 4:00 pm.
Several tents will be set up near Main Street for shelter from sun or rain.
At 1:00 pm a Cakewalk will be held at the Fire Hall on Main Street and the Horseshoe Tournament begins in the city park, restricted to the first twenty to register. Prizes will be awarded.
From 2:00 to 4:00 pm the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary will be providing free ice cream cones at the City Hall. Street vendors will be providing food throughout the day, and several home business vendors will be set up.
At 5:00 pm Saturday until 7:00 pm, the Union Bank is providing a huge barbecue supper at the Halliday School Gym. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to the Centennial Committee (on the FaceBook Halliday Centennial page or by mail to PO Box 438, Halliday) before the event.
On Saturday night the Blue Ribbon Band will play for the street dance from 8:00 pm to midnight. O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Grill will have a beer garden set up near the dance.
At 8:00 pm on Saturday night, a gospel concert will feature local Halliday High School 2011 graduate Quintana Biffert, a three-time Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) platinum award winner, along with other musicians. The gospel concert will be held at the Halliday Assembly of God on Hwy 8 and Railroad Street. Anyone wishing to participate in the concert with instrumental or vocal music may contact Pastor Barry Van Wagner before that day (PO Box 468, Halliday, or 406-425-2335).
Afterwards at the Assembly of God at 10:00 pm, there will be a showing of the newly released and widely acclaimed movie “Son of God” with free popcorn and water.
The Centennial Celebration will wrap up with an All Church Community Service at 10:00 am on Sunday morning, June 22, at the park. Participating churches include St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Halliday, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Halliday, Halliday Assembly of God, and members of the LDS Beulah stake who reside in Halliday. A freewill offering will go to provide for needy families in the community.
The Centennial Committee has worked hard to enable current and former residents, their families, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a good old-fashioned celebration of community participation and fun. The public is invited to join in.