Happy 125th Quimby!
(Quimby) -- 323 full time residents and 5,000 pounds of watermelon... Quimby is
celebrating 125 years this weekend. The town's standard two-day Watermelon Days
event is being expanded to 3 days, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Shirley Perret has been a Quimby resident since 1961. She tells us why she loves
living in Quimby.
Perret has been heavily involved in the planning of this 125th anniversary
celebration, including the re-writing of the new edition of the Quimby history
book. She references the book and says the town was originally called Deleon.
The little town of Deleon was disassembled and many of the buildings were moved
and re-established in Quimby in Washta. In 1887 the name Quimby, named after
railroad superintendent F.W. Quimby, was officially adopted.
Extra events are planned to celebrate the 125th, compared to the standard
Watermelon Days. New this year is: the craft show in the park from 10-5 Friday
and Saturday with over 20 vendors, the magic show at 2 on Friday, Saturday's
antique tractor show from 10-1 and then car show from 1-5. Then Sunday features
the gospel quartet "Triumphant Sound."
570 people are expected to descend on the small town, and that's just those
attending the all school class reunion on Saturday night!
1938 will be the earliest class represented at the reunion and the farthest
distance travelled by an alum is from Hawaii.
Shirley Perret says tradition with hold true to Watermelon Days with the 5,000
pounds of that juicy fruit will be served at 8pm Saturday.
Happy 125th, Quimby!