Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer
Manly had a full day of activities set up for everybody Saturday.
Starting early Saturday morning, the Public Library, at 127 S. Grant, had a Book and Bake Sale from 8-2.
At 11:00 am, the Manly Junction Railroad Ag Day began with craft tents, many food vendors, one which had people walking around with huge ice cones, pony rides, music, a magic show and a clown riding around in a golf card. The Lions’s Club provided a dinner up by the entertainment tent.
The use of straw bales used for chairs to watch the magic show was a creative touch. On one of the roads sat a demolished car on a platform to show what could happen if you don’t pay attention to the railroad signs. It wants to promote safety and to save lives by making aware how dangerous railroad crossings can be.
A young boy named Ben wasn’t too sure about those little ponies. He was sitting on one, not sure if he liked it or not, but soon he was smiling and riding proudly. His mom said, “It’s his first time on a horse.” She was smiling, watching her son riding for the first time. Ben’s little brother was in the stroller was watching, maybe thinking “next year I can try that.”
There was a demonstration of what the school kids do for physical education these days. The coach was explaining to the crowd how exercising has changed since his days in school.