Fifty years ago Crawford State Park was dedicated. This September join Crawford Mayor Susie Steckel and other dignitaries in commemorating this auspicious event.
The celebration will be Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
In 1963, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, U.S. Representative Wayne Aspinall, Governor Steve McNichols and local mover and shaker Leslie J. Savage were in attendance for the dedication.
Despite a personal invitation from Mayor Steckel, Stewart Udall's son, Senator Mark Udall, will not be attending. He has a prior commitment, but a member of his staff will be present in his place. Too bad. It would have been nice to have another Udall here. Steckel wanted to add a picture of Sen. Udall at this year's ceremony to a photo from when his dad attended. Both would have gone into a time capsule that will be buried at the park a few days after the event. Other special items commemorating both events — plants native to the area, a Twinkie, photos and news articles — will go into the time capsule. The time capsule is currently at The Desperado in Crawford, so people can add items.
On the dignitary list this year are the Delta County commissioners, local mayors, town councils and State Representative Millie Hamner.
John Cunningham will be the master of ceremonies. "We could not have put this together without him," Mayor Steckel said. "He and his wife, Marlese, have so much information and are so good to work with."
Sue Ayer is also working hard on making the celebration a success.
While not all the plans have been finalized, the mayor did say that Pastor John Hiestand will give the blessing after the Cotten-Lynch American Legion, joined by students from Crawford School, does the pledge of allegiance.
Sept. 15 will be a free day at Crawford State Park. The 50th anniversary of the Crawford Post Office will be celebrated at the same time.blog comments powered by Disqus