Rud, Clarence and Sharon Trinka and Lucy Hill ran
into each other and started talking about how
Webster was losing its ballpark. They talked
about Lee Sanford from the Packing Company, how he
had donated some land to Webster for a park.
This land was to be developed in 9 years or Webster
would lose it and the 9 years were almost up!
At that point, only one building was put up and
there was still no floor or electricity in it.
Time was really running out.
Sharon Trinka and Lucy Hill got a bunch of people
together and decided to have a Pot Luck and a
festival, invite everyone in the community and see
if they could raise some money to help save the land
for Webster. They had a good turn out at that
first meeting and a lot of good ideas were spawned
from that for the next meeting.
For the next meeting, Marie Rud and Alice Hanson
were tasked with writing invitations to all the
people in the Webster Phonebook. In addition to the
invitations, they also called each of the residents
in the phone book about the meeting. Ads were
placed in the paper, Lonsdale's paper gave the group
good coverage for this event as well.
The first real meeting started in February, but in
May, the park committee came in and said that the
Pot Luck in the park was not allowed. Since
the group did not have insurance, if someone got
sick the town would be sued. While
disappointed, the group decided that they had come
to far to give up and they had to go ahead with the
The group got some donations from Rud Construction
for about $500.00, Marie Rud made a quilt and sold
chances, she donated $512.00! The Air Park
donated $125.00 and the N.E.W. Lions donated $100.00
and also put in the electricity and the concrete
floor for the main building.
Sunday, August 30, 1992, after over a year of
planning, the very first Webster Harvest Days
celebration finally took place along with the
dedication of the new, Webster Community Park!
Prairie Downs Characters from Belle Plaine donated
shuttle rides from the Parade route to the park and
back as well as Charlie and Elsie Spoor from
Faribault. Everyone on the committee brought
charcoal grills and they grilled chicken breasts,
hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. The committee
in no way expected the turnout that came so they
didn't have near enough food ready and people stood
in lines at every grill.
Lucy Hill decided that her mother had never been in
a parade so she decided to put her in one. She
became the first Miss Webster, 1931, the year she
moved to Webster. She wore a crown and road on
top of a bunch of hail bails with all her grand
children on the lowboy. This is how the first
were 108 units in that first parade. In
addition to the parade, Dale and Fran Pexa
donated the music in the building before the
dedication and going on until 6pm in the evening.
Dave Smisek, Bob Pexa and his Dance Line donated
entertainment outside after the dedication until 6pm
as well. The committee also hired the Nite
Time Buggy Band to play.
The place was packed, people just did not want to
leave! It was awesome to see such support!
Lee Sanford who donated the land to Webster was the
committee's honored guest. Lee was in the
parade and when they got to the park, Lee and Ross
Nelson cut the ribbon and did the ceremony
dedicating the park. Senator Tom Neuville was
the guest speaker for the dedication and has been in
the parade ever since. (to be continued)
Lucy Hill is the only current member of Webster
Harvest Days that has been on the committee since
it's start in 1991.
MORE TO COME