Mabton centennial celebration planned

MABTON - Plans are moving ahead for Mabton's Centennial birthday party to be held as part of Mabton Community Days.

Community Days planners Rigo Ramirez and Linda Chester met with the Mabton City Council Tuesday night to discuss the schedule being developed for the three-day celebration.

Ramirez, who is spearheading the celebration, said Community Days will be held June 17-19, at Feezell Park, near at the historic United Methodist Church. He asked the council if it would be possible to close off a portion of Main Street, near the park to provided enough space for all of the activities his committee is planning.

"We have contacted Paradise Amusement, who have agreed to bring its carnival to town for the weekend," Ramirez told the Council.

He said a youth circus, as well as two full days of entertainment are being scheduled as a part of the town's birthday party.

Ramirez said Councilwomen Velva Herrera and Vera Zavala, along with Mary Beltran, will be aiding with the parade and other events, including a street fair. Rachel Ruelas will be handling the Miss Mabton Pageant, he added.

He said Chester will be organizing the weekend's entertainment, which will be staged at the Feezell Park bandstand, featuring local entertainers. Chester said she has plans to hold a teen street dance and to host dancing horses, in addition to a number of other activities.

Ramirez said applications for the parade and booth vendors will be available at Mabton City Hall early next week.

The annual Mabton Volunteer Firemen's Breakfast is scheduled for June 18 during the weekend, said Ildia Jackson, Mabton City Administrator. She said a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament is also being planned.

"We are excited to have so much entertainment being planned for this year's community days," said Jackson. "It's a big year for us," she added.

Mabton was first established as a water station for Pacific Northwest railroads in the late 1880s. It was incorporated as a municipality on Nov. 7, 1905. Mayor David Conradt said a social will be held prior to a council meeting in November to further celebrate the town's birthday.


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