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Bob Lind, Published July 21 2013

Neighbors: A different season, a different celebration

Broadway was the focal point for Fargo’s summer street fair. But at one time, Broadway was the prime area for another event in a different season: the Jack Frost Winter Carnival.

Chuck Humphrey, formerly of Verona, N.D., and Fargo and now of Pocatello, Idaho, recalls that event, but requests information about it.

Andrea Halgrimson wrote of the carnival in her Forum column in 2003.

She said the event apparently was first called the Jack Frost Winter Carnival in 1940, although a winter carnival had been held for several years before that.

Among facts about the carnival turned up by Andrea: The event included dog races; WDAY radio personality Ken Kennedy chaired it from 1940 to 1942, before it was abandoned due to World War II; it was resumed in 1945, again with Ken at the helm; and while it had originally been on New Year’s Day, it was switched to February.

“The last Jack Frost carnival mentioned in our (Forum) files was in February 1955,” Andrea wrote, “and by then it had evolved into an occasion for adults rather than for children. The end of the celebration featured beauty contests and balls.”

And there, for the sake of Chuck and others who were around then, is a look at Broadway’s big winter event years ago.

More memories

Two disconnected topics often mentioned by Neighbors’ readers – a song and the Galloping Goose – led Doris (Ness) Dibley, Wolverton, Minn., to write.

The song was “My Cathedral,” which brought back memories for Doris.

“I was in the chorus at Dazey (N.D.) High School in the ’50s,” she writes. “We sang it (‘My Cathedral’) for special events and graduations every year.

“I never did know where it came from, but I still know the words.”

Thanks to other folks who have written in, Doris now knows the song was co-written by Don McNeill and sung on his “Breakfast Club” radio program years ago.

And the old branch line train called the Galloping Goose? “There used to be one that went north as far as Cooperstown (N.D.), so I rode it from Valley City to Dazey.”

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com