The theme of this year’s HD was “Volunteers Make a Difference” and in the rural communities of Oklahoma that is certainly true. Many of the events that take place, including HD, would not be possible without volunteers. Many of the jobs that are routinely done in small towns are done by individuals who donate their time, money, and effort to their friends and neighbors.
Some of the most important volunteers are the guys who show up time after time to battle the wild pasture and brush fires that annually threaten lives and property. Our volunteer fire departments were the special honorees this year and are certainly deserving of our honor and gratitude.
The parade marshal was Betty Stanley who has managed the local DQ for thirty years. It would be difficult to find another resident of Caddo who is more respected or who has been more generous with her time and love. Her husband, Jerry, was the Fire Chief from 1968-1988. He also operated the Stanley Garage and maintained the fire equipment. Their four children, Jerry Dale, Randal, Kathy, and Karla all graduated from Caddo, and Kathy now teaches science.
It was a cold blustery day for celebrating but over 200 people showed up for the Buffalo Stampede run at 8am. That was followed by a great parade, music by the Two Lane Highway band, children’s games, and good food. There were lots of hugs and howdys along the streets- I even saw a few people that I had not visited with in ages. I want to thank each and every visitor who braved the cold! See you again next year!
Next big Caddo event is the Alumni Banquet, November 24. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.